Focusing on France, and bringing together historians of politics, literature, philosophy, art, and film, this volume sheds light on the imagination and experience of the political individual in the age of the masses between 1930 and 1950.
Introduction Part I: The Individual and History 1. In the Shadow of Danton: Theatre, Politics, and Leadership in Interwar France 2. Emmanuel Mounier's Personalism: A Nonconformist Approach to the Renewal of French Political Life 3. Between the 'I' and the 'We': Jean Renoir's Films of the Popular Front Era Part II: Memory, Identity, and Responsibility 4. Wounded Identities: The Diaries of Three Jewish Lawyers in Occupied France 5. Two Trajectories in the Memory of the Resistance: The Testimonies of Agnès Humbert and Germaine Tillion 6. A Duty to Obey: The Individual and the State in the Life of Maurice Papon Part III: Toeing the Party Line: Choices and Constraints 7. Une Compagne de Route: Édith Thomas, Agency, and the Constraints of Communist Engagement 8. The Political Trajectory of Drieu la Rochelle: Between Hesitation and Incomprehension 9. A Dying Colonialism, a Dying Orientalism: Algeria 1952 10. Conclusion