Leon Blum: Poet to Premier

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CHAPTER XII
THREE: CRISES

THE chapter just ended may have conveyed an idea that Premier Blum's administration began with a halcyon era of fraternity and peace. Such an impression would not be erroneous, so far as the campaign pledges of the Leftist entente were involved. But outside that field, in swift succession, rose a series of emergencies so perilous that a majority of spectators, in France and abroad, expected from week to week the collapse of the Popular Front government. A detailed account of the Prime Minister's domestic and foreign policies does not fall within the scope of the present volume. They are fresh in memory; and some, as this is written, are yet in process. But three major crises should be rehearsed if only to illustrate his astonishing flexibility of technique as a ruler. The first, a storm of strikes which attained the proportions of a national whirlwind, threatened to shatter the new Cartel des gauches before

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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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