Leon Blum: Poet to Premier

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CHAPTER VIII
DEATH AND REBIRTH

THE LIFE OF STENDHAL was placed on sale two weeks after the murder of Franz Ferdinand and his consort at Sarajevo, on June 28, 1914. M. Blum attended the national congress of his party which from July 14 to 16 deliberated at Paris. Though it was a French gathering, delegates arrived from England, Russia, Holland, Belgium and Italy. Germany was represented by Karl Liebknecht. The first sitting was devoted to a proclamation of the unity of all peoples. At the last a resolution, proposed by Jean Jaurès, was adopted urging the general strike, simultaneous and international, as the strongest weapon against militarism and the surest means of forcing upon governments a resort to arbitration. Not until July 24, when Austria-Hungary's ultimatum to Serbia was published, did the Socialists take alarm. Then indeed, while his parliamentary group sat day and night, Jaurès, in a frenzy of despair, multiplied himself into

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgment vi
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • List of Illustrations xiii
  • Chapter I- Sovereign and Sonneteer 1
  • Chapter II- At School 13
  • Chapter III 29
  • Chapter IV- L''Affaire Dreyfus 46
  • Chapter V 73
  • Chapter VI- Race of Herder 98
  • Chapter VII- Ivory Tower 126
  • Chapter VIII- Death and Rebirth 155
  • Chapter IX- Second Battle of Tours 178
  • Chapter X- The "Popular Front" 202
  • Chapter XI- Le New Deal 219
  • Chapter XII- Three- Crises 242
  • Index 269
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