The Quest for Total Peace: The Political Thought of Roger Martin Du Gard

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CHAPTER VIII

L'Eté 1914-The Bases of a Political Philosophy

Martin du Gard now writes of the summer of 1914, the eve of the First World War. He develops the theme of war as the central issue over a period of 44 days. Not only is war discussed, but the political philosophy of Martin du Gard is gradually developed. The war affords a convenient framework in which to reveal his philosophy of striving for universal peace and by sustained analysis and scrutiny to render the continuation of war 'unthinkable and unnecessary'. In order to obtain a clear perspective of Martin du Gard's utopia and to assess the measure of his thought, it is necessary to follow the progressive development of his theme through his text. His own ideas evolve through the process of their presentation. He himself becomes involved and finally bewildered, as his abhorrence of war leads him to pacifism, his pacifism, in turn, making him examine the tenets of the socialist movement, convincing him of the necessity of revolution. However, his hereditary traits, the impact of his environment and the characteristics of the bourgeois class, which shape his thinking, make it strange for him to be a revolutionary. In his study of Martin du Gard's life and works, Jacques Brenner emphasizes this obvious contradiction between the life of this writer and the philosophy of his works, bourgeois upbringing and revolutionary message. 1 This limits the ability of du Gard to describe a revolutionary atmosphere which he does not know at first hand, but merely imagines. On the other hand he excels in writing a psychological novel in

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - The Quest for Truth 7
  • Chapter I - Du Gard's Early Career 9
  • Notes 17
  • Part II - The Ills of Traditional Society 21
  • Chapter II - Les Thibault-Le Cahier Gris 23
  • Chapter III - Les Thibault-Le Pénitencier 29
  • Chapter IV - Les Thibault-La Belle Saison 35
  • Chapter V - Les Thibault-La Consultation 41
  • Notes 45
  • Chapter VI - Les Thibault-La Sorellina 47
  • Chapter VII - Les Thibault-La Mort Du Père 51
  • Notes 55
  • Part III - The Ideal Order 57
  • Chapter VIII - L'Eté 1914-The Bases of a Political Philosophy 59
  • Notes 70
  • Chapter IX - L'Eté 1914-The Characteristics of Du Gard's New Order 73
  • Notes 84
  • Chapter X - Evaluation of Du Gard's Contributions to Political Thought 87
  • Conclusion 105
  • Bibliography 109
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