Review Essay : The Forgotten Years? New Approaches to Post-War French Society and Politics
447 - 458 p.
Post-War French Society, Post-War French Politics
Steven Kaplan's book about a seemingly trivial event that took place in 1951 is subtitled ‘Return to the forgotten years in France’. This at first surprising title shows how far removed this period is from our own time; but it also underlines, with good reason, the limited number of studies of the post-war era, and the lack of social and economic investigations of France in the 1950s and early 1960s. The publication two years previously of Alain Dewerpe's study of the deaths at the Charonne demonstration in February 1961 now allows us to take stock of what is emerging as a fresh and rich new perspective on the Fourth and early Fifth Republics. The last ten years have witnessed important new developments in the field, and a number of works, many based on doctoral dissertations, will be woven into our discussion. (First lines)