The Resurgence of the Radical Right in France

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-02-29
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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This book attempts to account for the resurgence of significant political movements of the Radical Right in France since the establishment of democracy in the country at the end of the nineteenth century. Taking to task historical treatments of the Radical Right for their failure to specify the conditions and dynamics attending its emergence, and faulting the historical myopia of contemporary electoral and party-centric accounts of the Front National, it tries to explain the Radical Right's continuing appeal by relating the socio-structural outcomes of the processes of industrialization and democratization in France to the persistence of economically and politically illiberal groups within French society. Specifically, the book argues that, as a result of the country's protracted and uneven experience of industrialization and urbanization, significant pre- or anti-modern social classes, which remained functionally ill-adapted and culturally ill-disposed to industrial capitalism and liberal democracy, subsisted late into its development.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Defining the Radical Right in France, Past and Presentp. 29
The Class-Cultural Roots of the Radical Right: Structures and Expressions of Indépendancep. 54
The Age of Contentment: Petits Indépendants during the Belle Époquep. 115
The Fateful Transition: Petits Indépendants in the Interwar Periodp. 138
The Eclipse of the Petty Producer Republic: Petits Indépendants from Vichy through the Fourth Republicp. 197
The Age of Decline: Petits Indépendants under the Fifth Republicp. 236
Epilogue: French Workers in Crisis and the Entrenchment of the Front Nationalp. 280
The Radical Right in France in Comparative Perspectivep. 310
Conclusionp. 323
Indexp. 337
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