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Francois Mitterrand

Francois Mitterrand


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This book traces the prepresidential career of the Socialist French president, covering his early years, his participation in the Vichy government, the Resistance and the governments of the Fourth Republic, and his 23 year march to the pinnacle of national power as leader of the French opposition during the first decades of the Fifth Republic. It is the story of a politician who built a solid majority starting from scratch in adopted political territory, a chaotic world of utopists, anarchists, purists, ideologues, and disciplined militants--in short, the French left. Baumann-Reynolds discusses the whats--Mitterrand's socialism, his republicanism, his Machiavellianism--and the hows--how he reacted to unpredictable events, how he took over the Socialist Party, and how he recuperated the communist vote. This is the first English-language biography by an American sensitive to the gaps in U.S. readers' knowledge of French politics.


About the Author:

Sally Baumann-Reynolds received her AB in French from Indiana University and MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. She taught for seven years at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and since then has been teaching and writing in the Raleigh area.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275948870
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger Publishers
  • Height: 239 mm
  • No of Pages: 224
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 494 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275948870
  • Publisher Date: 19 May 1995
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 24 mm
  • Width: 159 mm


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