The Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914-1940

TitleThe Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914-1940
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBrown, Frederick
Number of Pages345
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
CityNew York

In this volume, the author presents a reconsideration of the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led to France's embrace of Fascism and anti-Semitism. The author explores the tumultuous forces unleashed in the country by the Dreyfus Affair and its aftermath and examines how the clashing ideologies and the blood-soaked political scandals and artistic movements following the horrors of World War I resulted in the country's era of militant authoritarianism, rioting, violent racism, and nationalistic fervor. The author describes how these forces overtook the country's sense of reason, sealing the fate of an entire nation, and led to the fall of France and the rise of the Vichy government.

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