- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 23, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195111885
- ISBN-13: 978-0195111880
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,307,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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French Peasant Fascism: Henry Dorgères' Greenshirts and the Crises of French Agriculture, 1929-1939
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Though Robert O. Paxton entitles his book French Peasant Fascism, it soon becomes clear that the French peasant political movements of the 1930s were less about totalitarianism than about fair treatment for downtrodden farmers. Prior to World War II, France had the largest agricultural sector of the great industrial nations, yet farmers had very little government representation and no protections against the hardships of the Depression. Government indifference to rural concerns soon led Henry Dorgéres to organize the Greenshirts, a peasant group with all the outer trappings of a fascist organization--colored shirts, insignia, sacred oaths, and salutes--but with a far different political agenda. Paxton, well known for his studies of Vichy France, does a fine job of chronicling the rise and fall of the Greenshirts as well as the social, economic, and political conditions that gave birth to the group.
Thoughtful, reflective, sensitive to nuances, Paxton squeezes all possible information from his sources. Specialists will not want to miss his book. Nonspecialists should at least read the first chapter, about the rural crisis on which Dorgéres built his brief prominence, and the last chapter, which shows how Greenshirts differed from fascists and how France differed from societies that succumbed to fascism. If they are not then moved to read the rest, they will at least have observed a first-rate mind at work. -- The New York Times Book Review, Eugen Weber
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