Leon Blum: Humanist in Politics

Leon Blum: Humanist in Politics

By: Joel Colton (author)Paperback

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John Colton is a meticulous researcher and a fine craftsman. In his political biography of Leon Blum, these two qualities are beautiully blended; none of the available evidence appears to have been over looked, and the enormous mass of variegated material has been transmuted in a polished, richly tapestried, and absorbing narrative.


Introduction. Leon Blum and Francois Mitterrand: Two Socialist Experiences vii From the Years of Preparation to the Years of Leadership 1. The Early Years, 1872-1914 3 2. "To Guard the Old House": War Socialism and Party Schism, 1914-1920 36 3. Party Leader: Theory and Tactics, 1921-1933 55 4. The Formation of the Popular Front: From the "Sixth of February" to the Elections of 1936 92 The Years of Responsibility 5. The "Great Fear" of June 1936 129 6. The "Exercise of Power": The Blum Experiment 160 7. The Quest for Peace: Foreign Affairs and National Defense 198 8. Drama of Conscience: The Non-Intervention Policy and the Spanish Civil War 234 9. End of the "Exercise of Power," June 1937 270 10. Decline of the Popular Front, June 1937-April 1938: Vice-Premier, "National Unity," Second Government 286 The Years of Anguish 11. Plowshares into Swords: Munich and War, April 1938-march 1940 311 12. Witness to Collapse: Paris and Bordeaux, May-June 1940 342 13. Vichy, July 1940 368 14. The Prisoner, 1940-1942 385 15. Witness for the Republic: The Riom Trial, 1942 405 16. Bourassol, Buchenwald, Liberation, 1943-1945 428 Epilogue. The Return 17. The Last Years, 1945-1950: Humanist Socialism, the Fourth Republic 447 18. End of the Apostolate 474 Appendix 1. Glossary 485 Appendix 2. Heads of the French Cabinet during Blum's Political Career, 1914-1950 488 Appendix 3. A Note on the Political Parties and Elections in the Third Republic 491 Bibliography 495 Supplementary Bibliography 513 Index 524

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  • ISBN13: 9780822307624
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 548
  • ID: 9780822307624
  • ISBN10: 0822307626

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