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The Tightrope: French Colonial Collapse and the Shaping of Cold War Europe

  title={The Tightrope: French Colonial Collapse and the Shaping of Cold War Europe},
  author={Donald James. Thompson},
Abstract : At the end of World War II, France was much weaker than it had been before the start of the war; however, France still had a role within the U.S.-dominated Western alliance standing against Soviet expansion. Nevertheless, the French leadership chose to engage what remained of their national power in the reestablishment of their overseas colonial empire. France's preoccupation with the reestablishment of its colonial empire was strategically important to the structure of the post… 
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Civil-Military Relations in the French Fourth Republic during the First Indochina War

Abstract : The stunning defeat of the French Third Republic by the German Third Reich at the start of the Second World War underscored the vulnerable condition of both France's political apparatus



The French Colonial Service and the Issues of Reform, 1944–8

  • James I. Lewis
  • Political Science, History
    Contemporary European History
  • 1995
The problems of decolonisation in post-Second World War France have attracted renewed attention in recent years. A new generation of historians and political scientists has focused on why it was so

A Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria's Fight for Independence and the Origins of the Post-Cold War Era

Algeria sits at the crossroads of the Atlantic, European, Arab and African worlds. Yet, unlike the colonial wars in Korea and Vietnam, the Algerian war for independence has rarely been viewed as a

The United States and the Schuman Plan. a study in French diplomacy 1950–1952

  • A. Lovett
  • History, Economics
    The Historical Journal
  • 1996
ABSTRACT On 9 May 1950, Robert Schuman, the French foreign minister, offered to pool the coal and steel resources of France with those of its European neighbours. The proposal was directed

The Army and Politics in France

  • B. Brown
  • Political Science, History
    The Journal of Politics
  • 1961
I N JUNE 1960 THE ALGERIAN wAR seemed to enter a new phase. General de Gaulle declared that the French were prepared to discuss with the leaders of the insurrection an "honorable end" to the

The Crucial Year: Indochina 1946

The general situation in France concerning the colonial problem immediately after the end of the second world war (1945-1946), was far from being well-defined. The men in power in the capital, as

Kennedy's Algerian dilemma: containment, alliance politics and the ‘rebel dialogue’

When John F. Kennedy triumphed over Richard M. Nixon in the 1960 presidential election expectations ran high in Africa that a fundamental change would occur in US policy toward colonialism. Kennedy

Algeria: France's Undeclared War

Invaded in 1830, populated by one million settlers who co-existed uneasily with nine million Arabs and Berbers , Algeria was different from other French colonies because it was administered as an

French Public Opinion and the Founding of the Fourth Republic

As the French plotted their path to recovery in the aftermath of World War II, the choice of the country's political system was among the most crucial ones facing the nation. Any doubts that the

Why Big Nations Lose Small Wars: The Politics of Asymmetric Conflict

  • A. Mack
  • Political Science
    World Politics
  • 1975
The Vietnam and Algerian wars have demonstrated that the overwhelming conventional military superiority of major powers is no guarantee against their defeat in wars against small nations. For

French North Africa: an American Problem

FOR SEVERAL YEARS, the French protectorates of Tunisia and Morocco have been asking the United States for help in their attempts to win independence. Although our refusal to give help subjected us to