The Locust Years: The Story of the Fourth French Republic, 1946-1958

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The Fourth Republic, inaugurated in the autumn in 1946 after de Gaulle's resignation as head of the provisional post-war government, was one of the most turbulent and fascinating periods of modern French history. Under a succession of short-lived governments, battling with seemingly intractable problems at home and abroad and with a fragile balance of power among the leading parties that almost pre-supposed political instability, were laid the foundations of modern France. In this account, Frank Giles charts the complexities of post-war French politics, focusing on both the men and the issues which dominated the Fourth Republic. Chief among the latter were German rearmament and nationalist uprisings in France's former colonies, notably Indochina and Algeria, and among the former Jean Monet, who revitalized the French economy and established, with the European Coal and Steel Community, the beginnings of the EEC, and Charles de Gaulle, whose brooding presence dominated French politics until he was swept back to power during the extraordinary events of May 1958, when France found itself on the brink of civil war.

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