France and the Great War

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 13, 2003 - History - 202 pages
France and the Great War tells the story of how the French community embarked upon, sustained, and in some ways prevailed in the Great War. In this 2003 book, Leonard Smith and his co-authors synthesize many years of scholarship, examining the origins of the war from a diplomatic and military viewpoint, before shifting their emphasis to socio-cultural and economic history when discussing the civilian and military war culture. They look at the 'total' mobilization of the French national community, as well as the military and civilian crises of 1917, and the ambiguous victory of 1918. The book concludes by revealing how traces of the Great War can still be found in the political and cultural life of the French national community. This lively, accessible and engaging book will be of enormous value to students of the Great War.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The national community goes to war
9
France as a Great Power 18711914
11
The army and the Republic
16
August 1914 and the Union sacrée
25
the battles of AugustSeptember 1914
30
The Crucified Canadian Reprinted with the permission of the Historial de la Grande Guerre
38
Mobilizing the nation and the civilians war
42
The crises of 1917
113
The Chetnin des Dames offensive and the mutinies
117
Labor and the troubles of 1917 in the interior
131
Plate 6 Cartoon from Le Rire Rouge Reprinted with the permission of the BDIC
135
The rise of Clemenceau and the brutalization of French politics
138
The ambiguous victory and its aftermath
146
From the Kaiserschlacht to the clearing at Rethondes
147
map 2
148

living with the enemy
43
Propaganda and cultural mobilization
53
Plate 2a Images of the German enemy Photograph by the authors
60
Waiting death and mourning in wartime
68
The front and the soldiers war
76
from Percée to Grignotage to Tenir
77
The face of battle
84
Plate 3 Exploded shell Reprinted with the permission of the Historial de la Grande Guerre
87
Consent and the national community
96
Plate 4 Crucifix made from munitions Reprinted with the permission of the Historial de la Grande Guerre
102
Plate 5
106
memory and the struggle for meaning
159
To my dear husband TERRIBLE WAR you who have taken away my beloved to leave in his place only tears you who did not want us to be happy ...
160
The Monuments aux marts
165
The bodies of the dead
169
The Treaty of Versailles
175
Conclusion
182
Bibliography
191
Index
198
NEW APPROACHES TO EUROPEAN HISTORY
203
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Leonard V. Smith is Associate Professor of Modern European History at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, USA.

St phane Audoin-Rouzeau is Professor of Modern History at the Universit de Picardie-Jules Verne, Amiens, France.

Annette Becker is Professor of Modern History at the Universit de Paris X-Nanterre, Nanterre, France.

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