The Extreme Right in France, 1789 to the Present

From de Maistre to Le Pen

By Peter Davies

© 2002 – Routledge

220 pages

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About the Book

The Extreme Right in France, 1789 to the Present surveys the history of a fascinating but contentious political and intellectual tradition. Since 1789 the far right has been an important factor in French political life and in different eras has taken on a range of guises including traditionalism, ultra-royalism, radical nationalism, anti-Semitism and fascism.

This book is structured around the five main phases of extreme right activity, and the author explores key questions about each:

* Counter-revolution - what was the legacy of Joseph de Maistre's writings?

* Anti-Third Republic protest - how was the 'new right' of the 1880s and 1890s different from the 'old right' of previous decades?

* Inter-war fascism - how should we characterise the phenomenon of fascisme française?

* Vichy - why did Pétain and Laval collaborate with the Nazis?

* The Post-war far right - what is the relationship between Poujadism, Algérie Française and Le Pen's FN?


'This is a balanced and well argued study that should be made compulsory reading for all students of French history and politics.' - Contemporary Review, August 2002

'Davies is clearly on familiar ground when talking about neo-fascism' - History of Political Thought, vol 24, issue 3, 2003

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / France