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The Politics of Survival : Artisans in Twentieth-Century France - Steven M. Zdatny

The Politics of Survival

Artisans in Twentieth-Century France

Hardcover Published: 11th January 1990
ISBN: 9780195059403
Number Of Pages: 272

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The problem of the general political inclinations of the petite bourgeoisie, and especially its relationship to fascism, is one of the major questions currently facing historians dealing with European society in the past one hundred years. Independent artisans have at best been seen as an anachronism in the industrial age. Often, they are regarded as the social basis of the fascist movements of the 1920s and 30s because of their supposedly reactionary class interests. Unfortunately, such sweeping analyses--by both Marxists and non-Marxists alike--have been based largely on one case, that of Germany. It is France however, that has been considered the pre-eminent nation of the petit bourgeois, and fascism had only limited appeal there. This is the central question Zdatny addresses in this book as he examines the social and political history of the archetypical petite bourgeois, the self-employed craftsmen of France.

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"Will stand for a long time to come as a major landmark in the history of small producers in France."--Journal of Social History "An extremely well documented study....He traces with exceptional clarity the history of the artisan struggle to survive in an age of increasing industrialization....Zdatny has taken a heretofore unknown quantity in French social and economic history and explained clearly is vicissitudes during the 20th century."--CHOICE "This sympathetic account of 'artisans' battle against their own irrelevance' is a welcome blend of social and political history....Zdatny's answers...also offer a worthwhile reassessment of the complex linkages between politics and social class."--Journal of Modern History "Zdatny's sympathetic and well-written study permits us to understand the artisan and his world and to witness the fate of both in modern France."--American Historical Review "A very complete story of the problematic definition and elaboration of a collective artisanal strategy....Zdatny's book has the merit of presenting the complex story of the artisanat's spokesmen and institutions."--French Politics & Society "This superb work fills a major gap in the social history of twentieth-century France....This lucidly written, keenly analytical, much-needed study is a must for all serious students of modern French history."--Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies "The topic is one of considerable significance for the history of 20th century France yet it is still largely terra incognita and Zdatny is a pioneer. His work will be of interest to an audience that is considerably broader than historians of modern France. The author strikes a nice balance between narrative and analysis, generalizations and anecdotes. In short, this book represents a significant contribution to scholarship."--William D. Irvine, York University, Toronto "Zdatny's pioneering study maps out a neglected and important aspect of French political and social life....Raises questions of first importance to our understanding of French political history."--Labor History

Inventing the Artisanat, 1900-1925p. 3
A Fractious Movement, 1925-1932p. 34
Artisans Face the Crisis, 1932-1936p. 65
Artisans and the Popular Front, 1936-1939p. 96
Vichy: The Broken Promisep. 128
Epilogue: Artisans in the New Francep. 154
Conclusionp. 181
Appendixesp. 186
Charter Of The Artisanatp. 187
Artisanal Manifestop. 189
Accord Generalp. 191
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780195059403
ISBN-10: 0195059409
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 11th January 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 15.9  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.63

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