Historiography of Post-War French History and Politics: Fifth Republic

In Search of France
Charles Hoffman
Cambridge, Mass, 1963

Hoffman and his colleagues developed the idea of a duality in French political history and culture which revolved around 'change and tradition'. They believed that WW2 allowed for the breaking of the 'Republican synthesis' and allowed for a more dynamic, and yet still highly conservative, form of politics in the Post-War era. They believed that this duality established a creative tension which ultimately allowed planners like Jean Monnet to chart a post-war recovery for France.


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