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Author Chuter, David.

Title Humanity's soldier : France and international security, 1919-2001 / David Chuter
Published Providence, R.I. : Berghahn Books, 1996


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Description xi, 356 pages ; 23 cm
Series Contemporary France ; v. 1
Contemporary France (Providence, R.I.) ; v. 1
Contents Introduction: Political Truth and Symbolic Politics -- Pt. I. Why. 1. The Universal Mission. 2. Grandeur and Misery. 3. Errors Not to Be Repeated, I. 4. Errors Not to Be Repeated, II -- Pt. II. How. 5. Death in the Soul. 6. The Far Side of Despair. 7. Weakness and Fear. 8. The Rebels and the Sovereign. 9. Charles the Great and the God-King -- Epilogue: The Past and the Present
Summary Only an awareness of these historical roots of current concepts and assumptions will enable the foreign observer to understand what motivates French diplomats, civil servants, military officers, academics and even journalists and businessmen who all shape public, and hence also official, opinion in the area of defence and security
French security policy has posed a puzzle to many people outside France, including politicians and even defence specialists such as the author, who took time off from his administrative position in Whitehall in order to study French thinking about security in detail. As with many other studies, he takes as his point of departure the traumatic defeat of 1940 but argues that the origins of current French policy are grounded in events and ideas that go back hundreds of years. They are ideas that are scarcely known or misinterpreted in the Anglo-Saxon world. Even de Gaulle was not an aberration from these old traditions and aspirations but rather a particularly effective exponent of them
Notes Bibliography: p246-250. _ Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [346]-350) and index
Subject Gaulle, Charles de, 1890-1970 -- Influence.
National characteristics, French.
Security, International.
Symbolism in politics.
Europe -- History, Military -- 20th century.
France -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.
France -- Military policy.
LC no. 96009584
ISBN 1571818936 (alk. paper)