Lecture delivered by Professor John Merriman for the ‘France Since 1871’ Yale College Course. Professor Merriman discusses how a plethora of Far Right and fascist organizations emerged in the wake of World War I. Economic depression, nationalism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia all played a part in this upsurge. On the left, the tension between communist revolutionaries and socialist reformers was reconciled, for a time, in the Popular Front government of Leon Blum. While the Popular Front would eventually fall, it pioneered many of the reforms and progressive measures that French workers enjoy today.
Lecture chapters consist of:
- Rise of the Right in Interwar France [00:00:00]
- Xenophobia and Anti-semitism in France [00:11:54]
- The Stavisky Affair [00:16:17]
- The Reassertion of the Republic: The Victory of the Popular Front and Leon Blum [00:28:22]
- Unraveling the Popular Front: The Depression and the Spanish Civil War [00:41:19]
Also available a audio and a transcript.
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