Globalizing de Gaulle

Globalizing de Gaulle : International Perspectives on French Foreign Policies, 1958 1969

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French President Charles de Gaulle (1958-1969) has consistently fascinated contemporaries and historians. His vision_conceived out of national interest_of uniting Europe under French leadership and overcoming the Cold War still remains relevant and appealing. De Gaulle's towering personality and his challenge to US hegemony in the Cold War have inspired a vast number of political biographies and analyses of the foreign policies of the Fifth Republic mostly from French or US angle. In contrast, this book serves to rediscover de Gaulle's global policies how they changed the Cold War. Offering truly global perspectives on France's approach to the world during de Gaulle's presidency, the 13 well-matched essays by leading experts in the field tap into newly available sources drawn from US, European, Asian, African and Latin American archives. Together, the contributions integrate previously neglected regions, actors and topics with more familiar and newly approached phenomena into a global picture of the General's international policy-making. The volume at hand is an example of how cutting-edge research benefits from multipolar and multi-archival approaches and from attention to big, middle and smaller powers as well as institutions.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 326 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 073914250X
  • 9780739142509

About Locher Martin 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 (CSS, 1999), and the co-editor of Origins of the European Security System (Routledge, 2008). Anna Locher is a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich. She co-edited Transforming NATO in the Cold War (Routledge, 2007) and Aspects of NATO History, 1957-75 (CSS, 2006). Garret Martin is editor at large with the European Institute, based in Washington, DC.show more

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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)"show more