Marxism and the French Left : studies on labour and politics in France, 1830-1981 / Tony Judt.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2011Description: 1 online resource (ix, 338 pages) : illustrations, mapsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780814743539; 0814743536; 9780814743935; 0814743935Subject(s): Communism -- France -- History | Socialism -- France | Labor movement -- France -- History | Labor unions -- Political activity -- France -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Marxism and the French Left.DDC classification: 322/.20944 LOC classification: HX261.5 | .J83 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
The Left in France -- The French labour movement in the nineteenth century -- The French socialist party 1920-1936 -- French Marxism 1945-1975 -- The elections of 1981 in historical perspective.
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Unlike most books, which treat labor, Socialist and Communist history separately and view French Marxism as a self-contained philosophical phenomenon, Marxism and the French Left offers a refreshingly different approach to the subject. Judt emphasizes the complex and interwoven themes that unify the topics of his essays to construct a distinctive and original interpretation of French left-wing politics over the past 150 years. "A well-informed and persuasive reinterpretation of the old French Left that is now receding beyond recall, except for historians."--Times Literary Supplement.
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CHOICE ReviewIdeological politics have long been a characteristic of French political life. Marxism has played a central role, leading to the development of both Socialist and Communist parties as well as a plethora of splinter groups around the political fringes. The relevance of Marxism in the postindustrial age has become a central debate. This volume seeks to place that debate in a larger historical context. The author's thesis is that radical politics underwent major changes in France in the 1970s, which in turn resulted in the eclipse of the Communists and the rise of the Socialists to governing status in 1981. Part of this transformation can be attributed to a loss of faith in Marxism as well as to elements of change, which reduced the significance of the industrial proletariat. This volume has five chapters: ``The French Left,'' ``The French Labor Movement in the 19th century,'' ``The Evolution of the Socialist Party,'' ``Postwar Transformations in French Marxism,'' and ``The Background Leading to the Socialist Victory in the Presidential and Legislative Elections of 1981.'' Several maps and tables dealing with electoral phenomena are presented, as well as a select bibliography of secondary sources. Judt (St. Anne's College, Oxford) has focused in his other writings on the development of the French Socialist party in the period 1921-1926. He provides a useful chronology detailing the development of the French Left from 1803 through 1984.-V.E. McHale, Case Western Reserve University
Author notes provided by SyndeticsTony Judt was born in London, England on January 2, 1948. He was educated at King's College, Cambridge University and the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. He taught at numerous colleges and universities including Cambridge University; St. Anne's College, Oxford; the University of California, Berkeley and New York University. He was the author or editor off over fifteen books including Ill Fares the Land, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century, and Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award. He was also a frequent contributor to numerous journals including The New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, and The New York Times. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2008. He died on August 6, 2010 at the age of 62.
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