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Embattled Nation: Politicized Army, Imperial Decolonization, and European Integration

Jack Hayward

in Fragmented France

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199216314
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191712265 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216314.003.0012
 Embattled Nation: Politicized Army, Imperial Decolonization, and European Integration

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Civil discord and imperial aspirations gave the armed forces a powerful place in French politics. The officer corps has played a crucial part in ensuring domestic order, as well as fighting foreign and colonial wars, notably in Algeria. Francophonia has been used to preserve a neo-colonial economic and cultural influence, especially in Africa. The switch to a European Union emphasis has been based on Franco-German concerted amity.

Keywords: wars; officer corps; imperial; Algeria; European Union; Franco-German

Chapter.  14524 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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