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In Pursuit of the People [Elektronisk resurs] Political Culture in France, 1934-9 / Jessica Wardhaugh.

Wardhaugh, Jessica, 1976- (författare)
ISBN 9780230594753
Publicerad: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
Engelska 320 p.
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  • Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introduction: The People on Stage, 1934--39 From the Crowd in the Street to the Voice of the People: February 1934 A Double Mobilisation against the Established Disorder, 1934--36 His Majesty the People? Elections, Strikes, and the Perils of Victory in 1936 The Challenge from the Right: The Parti Social Francais and the Parti Populaire Francais Building the Ideal City through Popular Culture, 1936--37 In Search of the Middle Classes: The Tragedy of Clichy and its Consequences The Call of the Nation, 1937--39 Conclusion Bibliography.
  • The first comparative study of how the French Popular Front and its right-wing opponents transformed the masses into the people, whether in demonstrations and festivals, or theatre and film. Seven chapters examine the representation of the crowd, workers, electorate, nation and symbolic community, exploring parallels between left and right. -- 'The people' are one of the most controversial characters in modern French history: irrupting into the streets in revolutions, riots and demonstrations, they have been adulated as a sovereign power and decried as an unruly mob. In the 1930s, as European politics was dramatically transformed by leaders and parties vaunting their 'popular' credentials, the fate of France hung in the balance, with political leagues and parties battling to imagine and realize a united popular community. How were the 'people' pursued? How could the antagonistic crowd, workers, or electorate be transformed into a reconciled community? In Pursuit of the People addresses these questions, and in so doing provides the first comparative analysis of left and right in 1930s France. Challenging the polarization of previous research, it reveals the hidden 'community of thought' that coexisted with very real political differences, as militants, leaders, journalists, theatre and film directors all competed to organize and depict the masses as the people. This book offers an original contribution to the study of political culture, and is essential reading for those interested in the symbolism, ideology, and activism of interwar France. 
  • 'A new and exciting cultural history of the political staging of 'the people' by left and right in 1930s France. The best thing to come out on the Popular Front in English since Julian Jackson.' - Robert Gildea, Worcester College, University of Oxford, UK 'This important and innovative book redraws the historical map for understanding the nature of politics in France in the 1930s. By putting representations of the people at the centre of our attention, the author uncovers the common ground that united the extremes of left and right. It is one of the most important books to be published on 1930s France in recent decades.' - Martin Conway, Balliol College, University of Oxford, UK. 

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History.  (eflch)
European history  -- Inter-war period, 1918-1939 -- France. (bicssc)
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000  -- Inter-war period, 1918-1939 -- France. (bicssc)

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