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Lecture 17 - The Popular Front

Lecture 17 - The Popular Front

This video was recorded at HIST 276 - France Since 1871. 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. Reading assignment: Sowerwine, Charles. France since 1870: Culture, Politics and Society, pp. 121-192. Bloch, Marc. Strange Defeat.

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