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The Development of the Radical Right in France

From Boulanger to Le Pen

  • Edward J. Arnold

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. 1887–1914: La Belle Epoque - Origins and Evolution of Nationalism and Prefascism?

  3. 1914–40: the Interwar Years

  4. 1940–44 : In the Breach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Philippe Burrin
      Pages 135-152
    3. Julian Jackson
      Pages 153-171
    4. Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia
      Pages 172-192
  5. 1944–98: Smouldering Ashes?

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-288

About this book


This book traces the origins and evolution of extreme-right wing thought in France from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day. It establishes the presence of an ideological tradition or organicist, exclusive nationalism initiated at the end of the nineteenth century, which adapts itself to the post-First World War and re-emerges forcibly during the Occupation. Elements of this same tradition are present in the modern discourse of the extreme right in post-war France. This helps the student of modern French politics to see movements like the Front National in their historical perspective.


ideology politics socialism

Editors and affiliations

  • Edward J. Arnold
    • 1
  1. 1.French Trinity CollegeUniversity of DublinIreland

About the editors

PHILIPPE BURRIN Professor, History of International Relations, International University, Geneve, Switzerland JEAN-YVES CAMUS Researcher, CNRS, and the European Centre for Research and Action on Racism and Anti-Semitism, Paris ARIANE CHEBEL d'APPOLLONIA Institut d' études politiques de Paris, France ROGER GRIFFIN Professor in History, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom JULIAN JACKSON Senior Lecturer in History, University of Wales, Swansea JEREMY JENNINGS Professor in Political Science, University of Birmingham KEVIN PASSMORE Lecturer in History, University of Wales, Cardiff PASCAL PERRINEAU Professor on Political Science, Institut d' études politiques de Paris, France CHRISTOPHE PROCHASSON Political Science Department, Institut d' études politiques de Paris, France SHOLMO SAND Professor of History, Tel-Aviv University JEANNINE VERDES-LEROUX Director of Research, CNRS, France MICHEL WINOCK Professor in Contemporary History, Institut d' études politiques de Paris, France

Bibliographic information


'[these essays] provide a valuable range of perspectives on a deeply troubling, if engrossing, subject.' - Sean Kennedy, Canadian Journal of History