Charles de Gaulle's Legacy of Ideas

Charles de Gaulle's Legacy of Ideas

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Charles de Gaulle combined the skills to master the politics of his own day with an uncanny sense of where history was going and how to position France accordingly. The essays in this volume examine certain of the policies and themes de Gaulle pursued nationally, in the European region, and internationally, giving consideration to their significance in his own time and today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739192795
  • 9780739192795

Table of contents

1 Acknowledgements 2 Preface 3 Introduction 4 1. De Gaulle's Visions for Europe 5 2. De Gaulle and the Dollar 6 3. Gaullist Economic Policies: the Role of Indicative Planning 7 4. The General and Germany 8 5. De Gaulle and the Italians 9 6. The Road to Phnom Penh: de Gaulle, the Americans and Vietnam, 1944-1966 10 7. De Gaulle and the 'Eternal China' 11 8. De Gaulle and the Middle East Conflict 12 9. De Gaulle and American Power
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Review quote

This wide-ranging collection offers an illuminating overview of General Charles de Gaulle's foreign policy during his years as French president. The author presents concise but solid interpretive essays and sheds valuable light on all the major issues confronting de Gaulle and his distinctive way of handling them, including his testy relationship with the United States. This book will be very useful not only for undergraduate classes on French postwar history but also for students and scholars interested in the role of major European powers in the Cold War. -- Mark Kramer Benjamin Rowland has compiled an excellent collection of essays on France's most influential figure in the 20th century. What makes these essays provocative is the insight of their gifted American and European authors; what makes this volume timely is the enduring relevance of de Gaulle's legacy of ideas and policies to the current geopolitical moment. -- Simon Serfaty, Old Dominion University; director of European Studies, Center for Strategic & International Studies A compelling study of how de Gaulle's vision and determination could triumph over adversity and fateful circumstance, and of the lessons that this holds for America's role in the world today. -- Ronald Lewis Steel, University of Southern California Expert contributors consider what lessons the policies of former French President Charles de Gaulle hold for both the current French leadership and governments around the world, contending that the general had an `uncanny sense of where history was going'. * Brief Notices *
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About Benjamin M. Rowland

Benjamin M. Rowland is a consultant on private sector policies for emerging market governments, World Bank staff member, and a former investment banker.
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