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The Revival of Activism (1924–1926)

Kevin Passmore

in The Right in France from the Third Republic to Vichy

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199658206
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745034 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658206.003.0010
The Revival of Activism (1924–1926)

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The revival of conservative activism was evident in the emergence of the anti-parliamentary leagues, the Jeunesses patriotes and Faisceau, the mobilization of Catholics in the FNC, and the creation of a Christian Democrat party, the PDP. Re-organization was rooted in an internal crisis of conservatism, the emergence of peasant activism, the growth of Catholic trade unionism, and the radicalization of the regionalist movement. The Right and the leagues were ambiguous in their relationship with each other, for the leagues represented both hostility to the Cartel and to the perceived failures of the Bloc. The leagues selectively admired Fascism, while drawing from Nationalism, Bonapartism, and royalism as well as organizationalism, the veteran movement, and women's groups. Meanwhile, some centrists admired aspects of the Cartel's policies. They saw a means to achieve organization on a European scale, and were prepared to make some concessions to social democracy.

Keywords: Jeunesses Patriotes; Faisceau; Cartel des Gauches; Poincaré; Millerand; Taittinger; Valois

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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