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Fighting for France : Violence in Interwar French Politics - by Chris Millington (Hardcover)

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Fighting for France is a ground-breaking examination of violence in French politics in the interwar period. During these years, a range of groups at the political extremes employed physical aggression against their enemies and threatened to bring about the violent demise of the democratic regime. Until now, historians have denied and downplayed the frequency and seriousness of French political violence in favour of an interpretation that emphasises France's weddedness to democracy. Fighting for France demonstrates that the democratic culture of the late Third Republic co-existed with a culture of violence in which the physical punishment of rivals and opponents was considered acceptable. Drawing on the narratives constructed around outbreaks of violence, the book reconstructs the lived experience of fighting and the sense that contemporaries made of conflict. It examines violence in a variety of settings, from the street to the factory floor. A range of actors come under investigation, including fascists, communists, and the police. Fighting for France transforms our understandings of the course of interwar France and Europe.
Number of Pages: 250
Genre: History, Political Science
Series Title: British Academy Monographs
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Chris Millington
Language: English
Street Date: June 19, 2018
TCIN: 53679946
UPC: 9780197266274
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-6721
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