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France and the Dreyfus Affair: A Brief Documentary History (Bedford Series in History & Culture)


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The Dreyfus affair — the infamous account of Jewish army officer and French citizen, Alfred Dreyfus, unjustly convicted of treason in 1894 — was the most significant political and social crisis of fin-de-siècle Europe. In the first book designed to introduce students to the broad outlines and significant legacies of the affair, the author deftly interweaves text with documents, tracing the course of events. He highlights the many issues connected with the case, including anti-Semitism, militant nationalism, socialism, the birth of modern Zionism, and the separation of church and state. Sixty-six documents are embedded in the narrative, offering students a broad range of sources to examine, including newspaper editorials, letters, trial testimony, and diary entries. A list of the principal characters is included in the appendices.

About the Author

Michael Burns (Ph.D., Yale University) is professor of modern European history at Mount Holyoke College and has taught at Yale University and the École des Hautes Études. His publications on the Dreyfus affair include Rural Society and French Politics: Boulangism and the Dreyfus Affair (1984) and Dreyfus: A Family Affair, from the French Revolution to the Holocaust (1992), which was awarded the Prix Bernard Lecache of the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism. Burns serves as advisory editor for the Blackwell series New Perspectives on the Past.

Table of Contents




  1. The Epoch

    Maurice Barrès, Election Campaign Speech, November 1, 1898

    La Libre Parole, Jews in the Army, May 23, 1892

    Camille Dreyfus and Charles Freycinet, Exchange in the Chamber of Deputies, June 25, 1892

    Rabbi Zadoc Kahn, Funeral Oration, June 26, 1892

    Military Personnel Record of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, 1882-1892


  2. The Arrest

    The Bordereau, 1894

    Alfred Dreyfus, Arrest and Interrogation, October 15, 1894

    Interrogation of Alfred Dreyfus, October 18-November 29, 1894

    La Libre Parole, High Treason, November 1, 1894

    Mathieu Dreyfus, Account of the Court-Martial Dossier, December, 1894

    Alfred Dreyfus, Letter to Lucie Dreyfus, December 18, 1894


  3. Trial and Exile

    Alfred Dreyfus, Witnesses for the Prosecution, December 1894

    The Verdict, December 22, 1894

    Maurice Paléologue, My Secret Diary of the Dreyfus Case, December 23, 1894

    The Times of London, December 24, 1894

    Lucie Dreyfus, Letter to Alfred Dreyfus, January 2, 1895

    Alfred Dreyfus, Letter to Lucie Dreyfus, January 2, 1895

    Léon Daudet, The Punishment, January 6, 1895

    Theodor Herzl, Account of the Dreyfus Degradation, January 6, 1895

    Alfred Dreyfus, Devil's Island Diary, April 14, 1895


  4. Treasons and Strategems

    The Petit Bleu, 1896

    Séverine (Caroline de Rémy), Memories of Esterhazy, January 1898

    Havas Press Agency, Dreyfus Escapes!, September 3, 1896

    Lucie Dreyfus, Petition to the Chamber of Deputies, September 18, 1896

    The Henry Forgery, October 1896

    Mathieu Dreyfus, The Clairvoyant and the President, February, 1895

    Bernard Lazare, A Judicial Error, November 1896

    Espérance, Letter to Esterhazy, October 1897

    Mathieu Dreyfus, Letter in Le Figaro, November 16, 1897

    Emile Zola, M. Scheurer-Kestner, November 25, 1897


  5. J'Accuse

    Ferdinand Walsin-Esterhazy, The Uhlan Letter, November 28, 1897

    Ferdinand Walsin-Esterhazy, Letter to General de Pellieux, December 2, 1897

    Emile Zola, J'Accuse!, January 13, 1898

    Le Siècle, Call to Women, March 25-27, 1898

    Gyp, Les Izolâtres, March 3, 1898

    Jean Jaurès, The Socialist Concern, 1898

    Charles Maurras, First Blood, September 6-7, 1898


  6. High Courts

    Maurice Paléologue, My Secret Diary of the Dreyfus Case, September 26, 1898

    Georges Picquart, I Have Had My Say, September 21, 1898

    The Henry Monument, December 1898-January 1899

    Alfred Dreyfus, Letter to Lucie Dreyfus, June 1, 1899

    Announcement of the Second Court-Martial, June 5, 1899

    Lucie Dreyfus, Letter to Alfred Dreyfus, July 1, 1899

    G. W. Steevens, The Tragedy of Dreyfus, August 7, 1899

    Jean-Bernard, Impressions of a Spectator, September 9, 1899


  7. The World's Affair

    Lord Russell of Killowen, Report to Queen Victoria, September 16, 1899

    Joseph Reinach, The Pardon, September 10-13, 1899

    Emile Zola, The Fifth Act, September 12, 1899

    Alfred Dreyfus, Declaration of Innocence, September 19, 1899

    Minister of War Gaston de Galliffet, Proclamation to the Army, September 21, 1899


  8. Encores and Legacies

    Anatole France, Eulogy for Emile Zola, October 5, 1902

    Charles Péguy, Reflections on Bernard Lazare, 1910

    Alfred Dreyfus, Petition to the Minister of Justice, November 25, 1903

    Ballot-Beaupré, Annulment of the Rennes Verdict, July 12, 1906

    Alfred Dreyfus, Painful Reverie, July 20, 1906

    Sarah Bernhardt, Letter to Alfred Dreyfus, June 6, 1908

    Léon Blum, Memories of the Affair, 1935

    Colonel Paul Gaujac, A Theory of Innocence, January 31, 1994

    Jacques Chirac, President of the Republic, Letter on the Centenary of "J'Accuse", January 1998




    Chronology of Events Related to the Dreyfus Affair (1859-1998)

    List of Principal Characters

    Selected Bibliography



Product Details

A Brief Documentary History
Burns, Michael
Bedford/St. Martin's
Europe - General
Press and politics
Dreyfus, alfred, 1859-1935
General History
Antisemitism -- France.
Press and politics -- France.
World History-General
Biography - General
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Bedford Cultural Editions Series
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8.24 x 5.52 x 0.305 in

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