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The Right in France from the Third Republic to Vichy$
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Kevin Passmore

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658206.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
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The Right in France from the Third Republic to Vichy
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Kevin Passmore

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658206.003.0001

The introduction explores the problematic relationship between the terms ‘right’ and ‘conservative’ in France, along with the divisions among the parties that opposed the left. It proceeds through a critique of the influential interpretation of René Rémond, who charted the fortunes of three irreducible tendencies — Orleanist, Legitimist, and Bonapartist — and of the Marxist view that underlying commitment to the social order made surface divisions irrelevant. It shows that both views fail to understand the links between day-to-day politics, perceived interests, and cultural dispositions. The book argues that conservatives (the Centre, Right, and Extreme Right) shared a common culture, in which assumptions about the nature of the elite and mass were central, but used it in different ways, for different purposes, in particular contexts.

Keywords:   Rémond, Orleanism, Legitimism, Marxism, conservatism, right, political culture

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