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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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The Veterans and the Popular Front

The Veterans and the Popular Front

(p.174) 6 The Veterans and the Popular Front
From Victory to Vichy

Chris Millington

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the period of the Popular Front from June 1936 to November 1938. It concerns the veterans' reaction to the Popular Front at a critical turning point in interwar French politics. The UNC was resolutely hostile to the left-wing government and mobilised its vast resources and the 'culture of war' against the Blum government. The UF, traditionally close to the left, was initially enthusiastic yet its leadership and many of its supporters grew increasingly alarmed by domestic social conflict, and by France's declining international stature. The situation changed so dramatically that by 1938, the UF shared, with the UNC, a renewed desire to reform the Republic along authoritarian lines.

Keywords:   France, Veterans, Third Republic, Popular Front, Fascism

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