Marxism and the French Left: Studies on Labour and Politics in France, 1830-1981

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NYU Press, 2011 - Business & Economics - 351 pages
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Unlike most books, which treat labor, Socialist and Communist history separately and view French Marxism as a self-contained philosophical phenomenon, Marxism and the French Left offers a refreshingly different approach to the subject. Judt emphasizes the complex and interwoven themes that unify the topics of his essays to construct a distinctive and original interpretation of French left-wing politics over the past 150 years. OC A well-informed and persuasive reinterpretation of the old French Left that is now receding beyond recall, except for historians.OCOOCo Times Literary Supplement
 

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Contents

1 The Left in France
1
2 The French Labour Movement in the Nineteenth Century
24
3 The French Socialist Party 19201936
115
4 French Marxism 19451975
169
5 The Elections of 1981 in Historical Perspective
239
Bibliography
302
Chronology
323
Index
331
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Tony Judt was born in London, England on January 2, 1948. He was educated at King's College, Cambridge University and the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. He taught at numerous colleges and universities including Cambridge University; St. Anne's College, Oxford; the University of California, Berkeley and New York University. He was the author or editor off over fifteen books including Ill Fares the Land, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century, and Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award. He was also a frequent contributor to numerous journals including The New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, and The New York Times. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2008. He died on August 6, 2010 at the age of 62.

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