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France's New Deal : from the thirties to the postwar era /
Philip Nord.
imprint
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010.
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xiii, 457 p.
ISBN
0691142971 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780691142975 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010.
isbn
0691142971 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780691142975 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Part I. The French model -- The crisis of the thirties -- The war years -- Liberation moment -- Part II. A culture of quality -- Art and commerce in the interwar decades -- Culture in wartime -- The culture state.
catalogue key
7161934
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Authoritative, subtle, and persuasive, this book is a major advance in conceptualizing the transformation of the French state in the mid-twentieth century. It will supersede any current literature on the subject."--Richard F. Kuisel, Georgetown University"In this splendid book, Nord takes a big topic, and addresses it with infectious enthusiasm, rigor, and humor. Nobody else knows as much about the interconnections between the lives and careers of the midcentury elite of French administrators, experts, and intellectuals, who from the 1930s to 1950s, emerged as the ruling class of the reshaped French state."--Martin Conway, University of Oxford
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-12-01:
Nord (Princeton) offers a magisterial, highly nuanced account of the dramatic remaking of the French nation after the crushing defeat of 1940 and the empty years of occupation by the Nazis. What may surprise general readers is a somewhat diminished role for l'homme du 18 juin, considered heretofore to be the single, heroic author of France's remarkable recovery after the liberation. Nord discovers, in fact, that Charles De Gaulle and his followers had important assistance in carrying out that monumental task. The process of transformation, he shows, actually began back in the 1930s with the much reviled governments of the Third Republic and the Vichy regime, whose useful, reformist ideas (never fully realized) would carry over into the postwar years. Tendencies toward authoritarianism and central planning already implicit in those regimes would be picked up and later elaborated by a phalanx of socialists, Christian democrats, technocrats, and, of course, Gaullists. Inspired by De Gaulle, a cadre of "new deal" technocrats made enormous strides toward social democracy, creating en passant the political, cultural, and social institutions of the enduringly successful Fifth Republic. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. I. Donohoe emeritus, Michigan State University
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Most of the time, reading a work on controversial eras of French history--and especially the Vichy regime--imparts a teeter-totter effect, as the historian seesaws between contrasting sides. Philip Nord, instead, quietly presents a convincing analysis that integrates and harmonizes the opposing sides without disservice to truth. . . . On the author's insightful telling, what was new on the modern French scene was the presence, and concerted action, of Christians committed to democracy, some of them engaged as organized partisans, others as unaffiliated individuals. The emergent model--what Nord calls 'France's "new deal"'--was a thoroughly French version of the activist state: modern and modernizing in economic life, yet allergic to liberal laissez-faire individualism. -- ve Englund, Commonweal
Nord offers a magisterial, highly nuanced account of the dramatic remaking of the French nation after the crushing defeat of 1940 and the empty years of occupation by the Nazis.
"Nord offers a magisterial, highly nuanced account of the dramatic remaking of the French nation after the crushing defeat of 1940 and the empty years of occupation by the Nazis."-- Choice
Nord offers a magisterial, highly nuanced account of the dramatic remaking of the French nation after the crushing defeat of 1940 and the empty years of occupation by the Nazis. -- Choice
Philip Nord's new book tells a big story and teaches us something novel and important about twentieth-century France. . . . Nord's book makes an original and on the whole convincing argument.
"Philip Nord's new book tells a big story and teaches us something novel and important about twentieth-century France. . . . Nord's book makes an original and on the whole convincing argument."-- Paul Cohen, Canadian Journal of History
Philip Nord's new book tells a big story and teaches us something novel and important about twentieth-century France. . . . Nord's book makes an original and on the whole convincing argument. -- Paul Cohen, Canadian Journal of History
[S]uperb. . . . [An] unparalleled contribution to the history of the state and society in France.
"[S]uperb. . . . [An] unparalleled contribution to the history of the state and society in France."-- Paul V. Dutton, American Historical Review
[S]uperb. . . . [An] unparalleled contribution to the history of the state and society in France. -- Paul V. Dutton, American Historical Review
[V]ery wide-ranging and informed. . . . This is a very thought-provoking work, which will be a point of reference for the discussion of French modernization in the future; it is also very well written even though it deals with daunting technical issues and is a work of primary research. It is rare to find such reader-friendly work at such a demanding level.
"[V]ery wide-ranging and informed. . . . This is a very thought-provoking work, which will be a point of reference for the discussion of French modernization in the future; it is also very well written even though it deals with daunting technical issues and is a work of primary research. It is rare to find such reader-friendly work at such a demanding level."-- David S. Bell, European Legacy
[V]ery wide-ranging and informed. . . . This is a very thought-provoking work, which will be a point of reference for the discussion of French modernization in the future; it is also very well written even though it deals with daunting technical issues and is a work of primary research. It is rare to find such reader-friendly work at such a demanding level. -- David S. Bell, European Legacy
Authoritative, subtle, and persuasive, this book is a major advance in conceptualizing the transformation of the French state in the mid-twentieth century. It will supersede any current literature on the subject.
In this splendid book, Nord takes a big topic, and addresses it with infectious enthusiasm, rigor, and humor. Nobody else knows as much about the interconnections between the lives and careers of the midcentury elite of French administrators, experts, and intellectuals, who from the 1930s to 1950s, emerged as the ruling class of the reshaped French state.
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"Authoritative, subtle, and persuasive, this book is a major advance in conceptualizing the transformation of the French state in the mid-twentieth century. It will supersede any current literature on the subject."-- Richard F. Kuisel, Georgetown University "In this splendid book, Nord takes a big topic, and addresses it with infectious enthusiasm, rigor, and humor. Nobody else knows as much about the interconnections between the lives and careers of the midcentury elite of French administrators, experts, and intellectuals, who from the 1930s to 1950s, emerged as the ruling class of the reshaped French state."-- Martin Conway, University of Oxford
Back Cover Copy
"Authoritative, subtle, and persuasive, this book is a major advance in conceptualizing the transformation of the French state in the mid-twentieth century. It will supersede any current literature on the subject."--Richard F. Kuisel, Georgetown University "In this splendid book, Nord takes a big topic, and addresses it with infectious enthusiasm, rigor, and humor. Nobody else knows as much about the interconnections between the lives and careers of the midcentury elite of French administrators, experts, and intellectuals, who from the 1930s to 1950s, emerged as the ruling class of the reshaped French state."--Martin Conway, University of Oxford
Bowker Data Service Summary
This volume is about the remaking of the French state at the liberation. It tells how France was endowed with a new set of institutions for managing its economy and administering its culture.
Main Description
France's New Deal is an in-depth and important look at the remaking of the French state after World War II, a time when the nation was endowed with brand-new institutions for managing its economy and culture. Yet, as Philip Nord reveals, the significant process of state rebuilding did not begin at the Liberation. Rather, it got started earlier, in the waning years of the Third Republic and under the Vichy regime. Tracking the nation's evolution from the 1930s through the postwar years, Nord describes how a variety of political actors--socialists, Christian democrats, technocrats, and Gaullists--had a hand in the construction of modern France. Nord examines the French development of economic planning and a cradle-to-grave social security system; and he explores the nationalization of radio, the creation of a national cinema, and the funding of regional theaters. Nord shows that many of the policymakers of the Liberation era had also served under the Vichy regime, and that a number of postwar institutions and policies were actually holdovers from the Vichy era--minus the authoritarianism and racism of those years. From this perspective, the French state after the war was neither entirely new nor purely social-democratic in inspiration. The state's complex political pedigree appealed to a range of constituencies and made possible the building of a wide base of support that remained in place for decades to come. A nuanced perspective on the French state's postwar origins, France's New Deal chronicles how one modern nation came into being.
Main Description
France's New Dealis an in-depth and important look at the remaking of the French state after World War II, a time when the nation was endowed with brand-new institutions for managing its economy and culture. Yet, as Philip Nord reveals, the significant process of state rebuilding did not begin at the Liberation. Rather, it got started earlier, in the waning years of the Third Republic and under the Vichy regime. Tracking the nation's evolution from the 1930s through the postwar years, Nord describes how a variety of political actors--socialists, Christian democrats, technocrats, and Gaullists--had a hand in the construction of modern France.Nord examines the French development of economic planning and a cradle-to-grave social security system; and he explores the nationalization of radio, the creation of a national cinema, and the funding of regional theaters. Nord shows that many of the policymakers of the Liberation era had also served under the Vichy regime, and that a number of postwar institutions and policies were actually holdovers from the Vichy era--minus the authoritarianism and racism of those years. From this perspective, the French state after the war was neither entirely new nor purely social-democratic in inspiration. The state's complex political pedigree appealed to a range of constituencies and made possible the building of a wide base of support that remained in place for decades to come.A nuanced perspective on the French state's postwar origins,France's New Dealchronicles how one modern nation came into being.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction. Postwar Storiesp. 1
The French Modelp. 17
The Crisis of the Thirtiesp. 25
The War Yearsp. 88
The Liberation Momentp. 145
A Culture of Qualityp. 215
Art and Commerce in the Interwar Decadesp. 221
Culture in Wartimep. 254
The Culture Statep. 311
Conclusionp. 360
Notesp. 385
Indexp. 435
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