The Veterans and the Popular Front

Chris Millington

in From Victory to Vichy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780719085505
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702680 | DOI:
The Veterans and the Popular Front

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This chapter examines the period of the Popular Front from June 1936 to November 1938. It concerns the veterans' reaction to the Popular Front at a critical turning point in interwar French politics. The UNC was resolutely hostile to the left-wing government and mobilised its vast resources and the 'culture of war' against the Blum government. The UF, traditionally close to the left, was initially enthusiastic yet its leadership and many of its supporters grew increasingly alarmed by domestic social conflict, and by France's declining international stature. The situation changed so dramatically that by 1938, the UF shared, with the UNC, a renewed desire to reform the Republic along authoritarian lines.

Keywords: France; Veterans; Third Republic; Popular Front; Fascism

Chapter.  14693 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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