Grand Disillusion: François Mitterrand and the French Left

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997 - 168 páginas

This book traces the life of François Mitterrand from his youth as an ardent Catholic and supporter of Marshal Pétain, to his career as a centrist politician of the Fourth Republic, through his capture of the leadership of the Socialist Party, leading to his election as President of France in 1981. During these years the Communist Party of France, influenced by such militants as the poet Louis Aragon, was evolving into a national party eager to participate in a joint effort with the Socialist Party to begin a rupture with capitalism through the election of Mitterrand as President. The reform of the Communist Party and the rise of Mitterrand led to the Union of the Left. In 1981, the Socialist Party had an absolute majority in the French Parliament plus support from the Communist Deputies. President Mitterrand could have implemented his leftist electoral promises and given Western Europe a historical lesson in how to move toward socialism in an advanced industrial country. Instead, he chose to change his program to the development of capitalism on a European scale. The reasons for this turn-around emerge from an examination of his life and career.

 

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JOSEPH P. MORRAY is a retired teacher, lawyer, and writer. After completing studies at the United States Naval Academy, Harvard Law School, and the University of Paris, he began an academic career at the University of California at Berkeley. Morray gave this up to go with his family to Cuba to teach at the University of Havana and write a book on the Cuban Revolution. He also taught at the University of Chile. In his eight books, he has explored modern attempts at socialist revolutions in Latin America, Siberia, Algeria, and France.

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