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1st Edition

Defence and Dissent in Contemporary France

ISBN 9781032037912
Published September 6, 2021 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This book, first published in 1984, examines France’s independent nuclear weapons programme of the 1980s alongside the French peace movement, which was almost totally absent – in contrast to the peace protests of the US and the rest of Europe. This book analyses this unusual pattern of defence and dissent, and assesses its likely development. It looks at the evolvement of French post-war defence policy, and discusses the French peace movement, attempting to explain why it was so weak.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Defence, Dissent and the French Political Culture Jolyon Howorth and Patricia Chilton  Part 1. Defence Policies in Post-War France  1. Defence Policy: the Historical Context Neville Waites  2. Gaullism, Nuclear Weapons and the State Philip G. Cerny  3. The Parties and the Nuclear Consensus David Hanley  4. Defence and the Mitterrand Government Jolyon Howorth  5. French Nuclear Weapons Patricia Chilton  Part 2. Voices of Dissent  6. French Defence: A Military Critique Admiral Antoine Sanguinetti  7. The Rebirth of a Peace Movement Claude Bourdet  8. Peace Organisations in France Today Christian Mellon  9. Ecologists and the Bomb Tony Chafer  10. The New Left and Defence: Out of the Ghetto? Vladimir Claude Fišera  Postface: France and the European Peace Movement E.P. Thompson

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Jolyon Howorth and Patricia Chilton