The Popular Front | Lecture 17 | France Since 1871 | Open Yale Courses

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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:

  1. Rise of the Right in Interwar France [00:00:00]
  2. Xenophobia and Anti-semitism in France [00:11:54]
  3. The Stavisky Affair [00:16:17]
  4. The Reassertion of the Republic: The Victory of the Popular Front and Leon Blum [00:28:22]
  5. Unraveling the Popular Front: The Depression and the Spanish Civil War [00:41:19]

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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