The Politics of Grandeur: Ideological Aspects of de Gaulle's Foreign Policy

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De Gaulle was the first major Western leader to pursue a foreign policy designed consistently to break the vicious circle of the Cold War and the straitjacket of the nuclear balance of terror between Russia and the United States. At the same time, he sought to establish in France a new set of institutions designed to break another vicious circle: that of the divisive conflicts between French social groups and political parties, which led to weak governments and an ineffective state. This book studies the link between these two aims, both by examining de Gaulle's political aims and style in a political and cultural context, and by looking first at French policy towards the Atlantic alliance, and then at the impact of de Gaulle's foreign policy on domestic politics. As a result, many of the orthodox notions about de Gaulle are questioned.
 

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Contents

PART I
9
The philosophical roots of Gaullism
35
de Gaulles theory
56
National consciousness and the role of France in world
74
Raising the Atlantic question 195862
158
the phase of reactive assertion
176
Convergence and reconciliation 19669
225
o The impact of Gaullist policy on political change
245
Notes
275
Select Bibliography 31
313
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