Humanity's Soldier: France and International Security, 1919-2001

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Berghahn Books, 1996 - History - 356 pages
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. 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.
 

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Contents

The Universal Mission
13
Grandeur and Misery
52
Errors Not to Be Repeated I
83
Errors Not to Be Repeated II
114
Death in the Soul
149
The Far Side of Despair
183
Weakness and Fear
214
The Rebels and the Sovereign
254
Charles the Great and the GodKing
296
The Past and the Present
338
Select Bibliography
346
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David Chuter works at the Ministry of Defence, London

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