From Militancy to History: Sans Frontière and Immigrant Memory at the Dawn of the 1980s

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Abstract

Until the mid-20th century, France saw itself as a great power with universalist aspirations and global ambitions. But the Second World War and decolonisation irrevocably changed France's place in the world. Despite attempts to restore the country's 'grandeur' in the 1960s, the French have been forced to reconcile themselves to their modest place at the heart of a changing Europe. What impact has this had on political life? How have the French reimagined the revolutionary, republican and reactionary ideologies that have been so crucial to their history? How has the arrival of hundreds of thousands of postcolonial migrants transformed politics? These are just some of the questions at the heart of France since the 1970s. With contributions from leading specialists on topics as varied as the legacy of empire and neo-liberalism, it explores how the French have dealt with the pervasive sense of uncertainty that has become a defining feature of contemporary European politics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrance Since The 1970s: History, Politics and Memory in an Age of Uncertainty
EditorsEmile Chabal
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury
Pages115-128
ISBN (Print)978-1-4725-0977-2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2014

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