Lecture 17 - The Popular Front

author: John Merriman, Department of History, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: March 18, 2011,   recorded: November 2007,   views: 2438
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A plethora of Far Right and fascist organizations emerged in the wake of World War I. Economic depression, nationalism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia all played a part in this upsurge. On the left, the tension between communist revolutionaries and socialist reformers was reconciled, for a time, in the Popular Front government of Leon Blum. While the Popular Front would eventually fall, it pioneered many of the reforms and progressive measures that French workers enjoy today.

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Sowerwine, Charles. France since 1870: Culture, Politics and Society, pp. 121-192.

Bloch, Marc. Strange Defeat.

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