<i>Canard</i> Economics, or the Costs of the War

Allen Douglas

in War, Memory, and the Politics of Humor

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520228764
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926943 | DOI:
Canard Economics, or the Costs of the War

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This chapter discusses the economic problems that plagued France during the 1920s and the economic discourse present is several articles published by the Canard. It shows that the Canard economics was also part of the construction of the memory of the Great War. The first section examines the economic scapegoats or stereotypes of the war, which were the profiteers or mercanti. This is followed by a section on the alliance of millers, grain dealers, bakers, and farmers with the government authorities who were regulating them. The discussion also shows that the Canard was unafraid to pinpoint those they held responsible for high prices, and even recommended violent direct action, such as hanging and pillaging, against the profiteers. The chapter also covers the Canard's views on the monetary difficulties experienced in France, and introduces the concept of the economics of criminality.

Keywords: economic problems; economic discourse; profiteers; high prices; monetary difficulties; economics of criminality

Chapter.  9333 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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