Between Justice and Politics: The Ligue Des Droits de L'homme, 1898-1945

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Acknowledgments

During the long gestation period of this book, a number of individuals have offered me their generous support and encouragement. My old friend Arno J. Mayer suggested the topic to me fifteen years ago in a café in Paris. It was, more than he probably realized, an inspired suggestion and for that, and much else over the last forty years, I am deeply grateful. Wendy Ellen Perry, Norman Ingram, and Cylvie Claveau, good friends all, generously shared with me their incomparable knowledge of the Ligue des droits de l’homme. Much of the “heavy lifting” for this book was done by two exceptionally talented research assistants: Diane Labrosse and Sean Kennedy. The staff of the Bibliothèque de documentation internationale contemporaine created a warm and inviting atmosphere where it was a pleasure to work. I would like to thank Historical Reflections/Reflections Historiques for permission to quote from my article, “Politics of Human Rights: A Dilemma for the Ligue des Droits de l’Homme.” 20, 1 (Winter 1994) 5–28, and Berghahn Books for permission to quote from my chapter, “Women’s Rights and the ‘Rights of Man,’” in Kenneth Mouré and Martin S. Alexander (eds.), Crisis and Renewal in France: 1918–1962 (New York, 2002). Much of the initial research for this project was made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1995–97).

William Drummond Irvine
Toronto
July 2006

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  • Between Justice and Politics - The Ligue Des Droits de L'homme, 1898–1945 iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • One - Origins, Organization, and Structure 5
  • Two - Ici on Ne Fait Pas de la Politique 20
  • Three - Politics, Yes, but Not Electoral Politics 53
  • Four - Liberty with All Its Risks 81
  • Five - The League from below 111
  • Six - War and Peace- 1914–1934 132
  • Seven - From the Popular Front to the Fall of France 160
  • Eight - Vichy 194
  • Epilogue 213
  • Notes 225
  • Bibliography 255
  • Index 257
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