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The Politics of Depression in France 1932-1936 Paperback – August 22, 2002

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The poor performance of the French economy in the 1930s has long been recognised as a major contributory factor in the decline of the Third Republic. This is the first full study of the formation of economic policy in these crucial years, and of the political debate to which it gave rise.

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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521522676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521522670
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,795,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Howard J. Herskovitz on August 9, 2005
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This is an interesting and useful book. It describes the efforts of French politicians to deal (or not deal) with the Great Depression. Among the reasons for not adequately addressing France's economic problems were: an overvalued Franc, economic orthodoxy, fanatical belief in the gold standard, politics as uaual, theory getting in the way of practice, and a general ignorance of economics on the part of French politicians. The problem was partially solved by rearmament and ther efforts of the Popular Front.

In defense of the politicians, it must be noted that the Great Depression came late to France and did not have sudden impact. On the other hand, the French reaction to the problems of other countries was to criticize their economic practices while praising French prudence.

This book may have some of the answers as to why France collapsed so completely in 1940. Early French efforts to fight the depression speak volumes with regard to problem-solving in the Third Republic. If you love France and French History, this book will both sadden and inform you.
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