Dreyfus : politics, emotion, and the scandal of the century / Ruth Harris.Material type: TextPublisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2010Edition: 1st U.S. edDescription: xvi, 541 p. : ill. ; 25 cmISBN: 9780805074710; 0805074716Uniform titles: Man on Devil's Island Subject(s): Dreyfus, Alfred, 1859-1935 | Scandals -- France -- History -- 19th century | France -- Politics and government -- 1870-1940 | Political culture -- France -- History -- 19th century | Antisemitism -- France -- History -- 19th century | Jews -- France -- Biography | Intellectuals -- France -- Biography | Treason -- France -- History -- 19th century | Trials (Treason) -- Political aspects -- France -- History -- 19th century | France -- Intellectual life -- 19th centuryDDC classification: 944.081/2 LOC classification: DC354 | .H37 2010
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"Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2010 as The man on Devil's Island by Allen Lane, London"--T.p. verso.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 487-) and index.
pt. 1. Trial and errors -- Degradation -- Family and friends -- France, Germany, and the Jewish community -- The Alsatian connection -- Zola -- pt. 2. Intellectuals and anti-intellectuals -- The polemic begins -- Dreyfusard contradictions -- "Anti-intellectuals" : Catholics and the occult -- Dreyfusards and the Judaeo-Christian tradition -- Mother-love and nationalism : Maurice Barrès and Jules Soury -- pt. 3. Movements and mystiques -- Anti-Dreyfusard movements and martyrology -- The Dreyfusard mystique -- Salonnières left and right -- Rightist illusions -- pt. 4. The end of the affair -- Alfred returns -- The trial and its aftermath -- Aftershocks -- The politics of rehabilitation.
Prizewinning historian Ruth Harris offers the first in-depth history of both sides in the 1894 Dreyfus Affair, showing how complex interlocking influences--tensions within the military, the clashing demands of justice and nationalism, and a tangled web of friendships and family connections--shaped both the coalition working to free Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus and the formidable alliances seeking to protect the reputation of the army that had convicted him.
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CHOICE ReviewThe Dreyfus Affair continues to fascinate readers more than a century after its turmoil subsided. Harris (Oxford, UK) does not add any startlingly new interpretations of the Jewish captain's wrongful convictions and dreadful imprisonment on Devil's Island. Nevertheless, she performs a number of valuable tasks in her engaging, dramatic retelling of the often-told story. Harris surveys and fully exploits the extensive scholarship that has been produced in the last quarter century. She rescues the figure of Alfred Dreyfus from the obscurity that seems to be his lot in most other accounts of the affair, making him into a recognizable human being rather than a distant and somewhat disappointing symbol of injustice. She also restores women--journalists, novelists, wives, mystics, and salonnieres--to their rightful place of importance in this history. Harris all the while maintains an admirable balance, reminding readers that both Dreyfusards and anti-Dreyfusards were far from monoliths, one all good and the other all bad. A skillful work of synthesis and a worthy addition to the literature that belongs in every library. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. R. S. Levy University of Illinois at Chicago
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Ruth Harris is the author of Lourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age . A fellow and tutor at Oxford University, she has written widely on topics in French history, cultural history, women's history, and the history of medicine. She lives in Oxford, England.