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Humanity's soldier : France and international security, 1919-2001 / David Chuter.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: DC367 .C53 1996

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    French security policy has posed a puzzle to many people outside France, including politicians and even defence specialists such as the author, who took time off from his administrative position in Whitehall in order to study French thinking about security in detail. As with many other studies, he takes as his point of departure the traumatic defeat of 1940 but argues that the origins of current French policy are grounded in events and ideas that go back hundreds of years. They are ideas that are scarcely known or misinterpreted in the Anglo-Saxon world. Even de Gaulle was not an aberration from these old traditions and aspirations but rather a particularly effective exponent of them.

    Only an awareness of these historical roots of current concepts and assumptions will enable the foreign observer to understand what motivates French diplomats, civil servants, military officers, academics and even journalists and businessmen who all shape public, and hence also official, opinion in the area of defence and security.
    Series
    Contemporary France ; v. 1
    Contemporary France (Providence, R.I.) ; v. 1.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Chuter, David.
    Published
    Providence, R.I. : Berghahn Books, 1996
    Locale
    France
    Europe
    Contents
    Introduction: Political Truth and Symbolic Politics
    pt. I. Why. 1. The Universal Mission. 2. Grandeur and Misery. 3. Errors Not to Be Repeated, I. 4. Errors Not to Be Repeated, II
    pt. II. How. 5. Death in the Soul. 6. The Far Side of Despair. 7. Weakness and Fear. 8. The Rebels and the Sovereign. 9. Charles the Great and the God-King. Epilogue: The Past and the Present.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 346-350) and index.
    Introduction: Political Truth and Symbolic Politics -- pt. I. Why. 1. The Universal Mission. 2. Grandeur and Misery. 3. Errors Not to Be Repeated, I. 4. Errors Not to Be Repeated, II -- pt. II. How. 5. Death in the Soul. 6. The Far Side of Despair. 7. Weakness and Fear. 8. The Rebels and the Sovereign. 9. Charles the Great and the God-King. Epilogue: The Past and the Present.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    1571818936
    9781571818935
    Physical Description
    xi, 356 pages ; 23 cm.

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