The Fall of the Republic and the Coming of de Gaulle

Irwin M. Wall

in France, the United States, and the Algerian War

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780520225343
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925687 | DOI:
The Fall of the Republic and the Coming of de Gaulle

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This chapter examines the U.S. government's stand on the fall of the Fourth French Republic and the coming to power of Charles de Gaulle. It explains that American policy when the republic faced collapse was to stay out of French affairs and to behave as circumspectly as possible. The chapter argues that the equanimity with which the Americans watched the collapse of the republic remains a glaring reflection of a policy based on disillusionment with a dysfunctional guide.

Keywords: Fourth French Republic; U.S. government; Charles de Gaulle; French affairs; American policy

Chapter.  9726 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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