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From Victory to VichyVeterans in Interwar France$
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Chris Millington

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085505

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085505.001.0001

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Rejuvenating France: The Jeunes de l'UF and the Jeunes de l'UNC

Rejuvenating France: The Jeunes de l'UF and the Jeunes de l'UNC

(p.139) 5 Rejuvenating France: The Jeunes de l'UF and the Jeunes de l'UNC
From Victory to Vichy

Chris Millington

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines how the UF and the UNC sought to mobilise the post-war generation in the projects for the renovation of France. The appeal to youth was a prominent feature of French political life at the time and numerous political and civic associations founded youth auxiliaries. 'Youth' and the 'young' were said to be lively, energetic, dynamic and industrious - exactly the qualities needed to rejuvenate a society beset by political and economic crisis. The veterans' attempted to harness the younger generation through youth groups that offered a range of activities. But they also sought to identify the vigour of youth with veteran interests, in contrast to the 'decrepitude' of conventional politics and the 'agedness' of the Third Republic.

Keywords:   France, Veterans, Youth, Third Republic

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