Globalizing de Gaulle : International Perspectives on French Foreign Policies, 1958-1969
This book offers novel perspectives and insights into key themes of French foreign policy in the de Gaulle years (1958-69). Globalizing research on the ideas and impact of le general, the volume's 13 well-matched essays by leading experts in the field tap into newly available records, ranging from Europe to the US, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The volume is the first to reassess Charles de Gaulle's foreign policies from a global angle.
- Hardback | 326 pages
- 154.94 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
- 16 Jun 2010
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
This is a superb volume on postwar France, well written, thoroughly researched, and based in part on new archival material. It is centered on the person of Charles de Gaulle, whose aims and moves, though sometimes based on an effect of surprise, seem less mysterious in retrospective than they appeared to be at the time to Anglo-American leaders largely unable to comprehend, or accept,a resurrection of France that bore the ineluctable stamp of the General. -- Charles G. Cogan, Harvard University This volume is a welcome addition to the literature on the diplomacy of President Charles de Gaulle. Its contributors explore de Gaulle's foreign policies throughout the 1960s in their various international ramifications. Based on recent historiography, the book appropriately seeks to move beyond the 'Gaullist' orthodoxy (or mythology) as well as the systematic rejection (or denunciation) that has long characterized 'Anglo-Saxon' appraisals. -- Frederic Bozo, Sorbonne (University of Paris III) This book presents some of the best work from a new generation of historians seeking to understand the tensions between rhetoric and reality in this enigmatic statesman. Foreign Affairs Fourteen essays by scholars from four continents evaluate de Gaulle's foreign policy during his decade as president. The more useful essays track his diplomacy during the U.S. era of the Vietnam war; his role in the 1958 Middle East crisis involving the civil war in Lebanon and the coup d'etat in Iraq, which brought Saddam Hussein to power; his negotiations with the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) and his subsequent role in decolonizing French sub-Saharan Africa and his development efforts there on behalf of French enterprises. A chapter on Franco-German relationships makes clear that de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer worked well together, but the 1963-66 Ludwig Erhard chancellorship was disastrous. Joaquin Fermandois provides an excellent essay on de Gaulle's triumphal, ten-country tour of Latin America in 1964, concentrating mostly on his visit to Chile and President Eduardo Frei's return visit to Paris the next year. The theme that unites these disparate foreign policy adventures was de Gaulle's perceived anti-Americanism. This had appeal for the USSR, PRC, Mexico, Vietnam, and many of the Arab states. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. CHOICE
About Christian Nuenlist
Christian Nuenlist is a lecturer in contemporary history at the University of Zurich and a foreign desk editor at the Swiss daily Aargauer Zeitung. He is the author of Kennedys rechte Hand (1999) and the co-editor of Origins of the European Security System (2008). Anna Locher is an independent historian and publicist. She is the author of NATO, de Gaulle, and the Future of the Alliance, 1963-1966 (2010) and the coeditor of Transforming NATO in the Cold War (2007). Garret Martin is editor at large with the European Institute, based in Washington, DC.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: What's New? Part 2 PART I: Europe Chapter 3 Chapter 1: De Gaulle, French Diplomacy, and Franco-Soviet Relations as Seen from Moscow Chapter 4 Chapter 2: A "Cordial Potentiality?" De Gaulle and the Franco-German Partnership Chapter 5 Chapter 3: From Words to Action: Reinterpreting de Gaulle's European Policy Part 6 PART II: Transatlantia Chapter 7 Chapter 4: NATO Strategies toward de Gaulle's France: Learning to Cope Chapter 8 Chapter 5: Dealing with de Gaulle: The United States and France Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Britain, de Gaulle's NATO Policies, and Anglo-French Rivalry, 1963-1967 Part 10 PART III: ASIA Chapter 11 Chapter 7: The U.S. Escalation in Vietnam and de Gaulle's Secret Search for Peace, 1964-1966 Chapter 12 Chapter 8: Seeking a Multipolar World: China and de Gaulle's France Chapter 13 Chapter 9: A Hot Summer: France, Israel, and the Middle East Crisis in 1958 Part 14 PART IV: Africa and Latin America Chapter 15 Chapter 10: "Je ne vous ai pas compris": De Gaulle's Decade of Negotiation with the Algerian FLN Chapter 16 Chapter 11: De Gaulle and Sub-Saharan Africa: From Decolonization to French Development Policy, 1958-63 Chapter 17 Chapter 12: The Hero on the Latin American Scene Chapter 18 Conclusion: A Gaullist Grant Strategy?