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History II: The Fifth Republic
History II: The fifth republic

The many overlapping themes in Chapter 3 made it too difficult to present the material in chronological order. This chapter has only one theme—the development of what I call normal politics in Chapter 1. This chapter, then, is presented chronologically through an exploration of the five men who have served as president and what happened during their terms in office.

De Gaulle: Routinizing Charisma

After the Liberation, few leading postwar politicians wanted to return to the disgraced crisis and compromise of the Third Republic, and no one seemed to want the disgraced politicians of the 1930s to return either. But a series of decisions eerily reminiscent of those made when the Third Republic itself was created led to ...

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