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France Restored: Cold War Diplomacy and the Quest for Leadership in Europe, 1944-1954

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Publisher Comments:

"A valuable contribution to the University of North Carolina Press's 'New Cold War History' series."--American Historical Review"A fine example of the new Cold War history that aims at transcending a purely US-Soviet framework, France Restored provides an original, critical perspective not only of the history of the Fourth Republic but also of Europe's first decade after World War II. . . . An eloquent, well-organized [book]."--Choice"Persuasively redeeming the Fourth Republic from its earlier reputation as a feckless regime, William Hitchcock's solidly researched study shows that its civil servants and more far-sighted political leaders ably laid the foundation for a long-term enhancement of French influence in postwar Europe. During years of vulnerability they defended their autonomy while accepting American support, and they designed imaginative institutions to benefit from a German recovery they learned could serve their own interests: the innovative capacity still at the heart of today's European Union."--Charles S. Maier, Harvard University"Elegantly written and thoughtfully argued, Hitchcock's book will be indispensable for all future debates about postwar reconstruction policy in Europe. Weaving a subtle story of domestic and international policymaking, Hitchcock shows how the French, despite their many weaknesses, managed to protect their own vital strategic and economic interests."--Melvyn P. Leffler, University of Virginia"This is a first-rate study of French foreign policy during the early Cold War period. The basic argument here is that French policy had a profound impact on the sort of international system that took shape in Europe in this period--and thus that the American role in shaping what went on in the West was a good deal more limited that most people think. Hitchcock makes his case quite effectively. This book shows what a talented and skillful historian can accomplish when old problems are approached in new ways, and it is exceptionally well-written to boot."--Marc Trachtenberg, University of Pennsylvania

Synopsis:

In an important revision of early Cold War history, Hitchcock restores France's central role in the post-World War II reconstruction of Europe. He focuses on French diplomacy toward the occupation of Germany, the economic reconstruction of the continent, and the crafting of the NATO alliance.

Synopsis:

Historians of the Cold War, argues William Hitchcock, have too often overlooked the part that European nations played in shaping the post-World War II international system. In particular, France, a country beset by economic difficulties and political instability in the aftermath of the war, has been given short shrift. With this book, Hitchcock restores France to the narrative of Cold War history and illuminates its central role in the reconstruction of Europe. Drawing on a wide array of evidence from French, American, and British archives, he shows that France constructed a coherent national strategy for domestic and international recovery and pursued that strategy with tenacity and effectiveness in the first postwar decade. This once-occupied nation played a vital part in the occupation and administration of Germany, framed the key institutions of the "new" Europe, helped forge the NATO alliance, and engineered an astonishing economic recovery. In the process, France successfully contested American leadership in Europe and used its position as a key Cold War ally to extract concessions from Washington on a wide range of economic and security issues.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by John Lewis Gaddis

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Founding of the Fourth Republic and the Conditions for French Recovery

Chapter 2. The Limits of Independence, 1944-1947

Chapter 3. No Longer a Great Power

Chapter 4. The Hard Road to Franco-German Rapprochement, 1948-1950

Chapter 5. Sound and Fury: The Debate over German Rearmament

Chapter 6. The European Defense Community and French National Strategy

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Tables and Map

Tables

1. France's Balance of Payments, 1944-1949

2. Franc Zone Deficits with Dollar Zone, 1945-1949

3. Average Annual Growth in Gross Domestic Product, 1949-1970

4. American Aid to France, 1945-1952

Map

Germany under Occupation

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807866801
Subtitle:
Cold War Diplomacy and the Quest for Leadership in Europe, 1944-1954
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
William I. Hitchcock
Author:
Hitchcock, William I.
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
France
Subject:
Reconstruction
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Political leadership
Subject:
Electronic books
Subject:
Peaceful change
Subject:
Foreign relations
Subject:
International Security
Subject:
Peaceful change (international relations)
Subject:
Western Europe
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century/Nuclear Age
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
New Cold War History; post-World War II; reconstruction of Europe; Germany; NATO alliance; economic recovery
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
France Foreign relations Germany.
Subject:
World politics -- 1945-1955.
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
World History-France
Subject:
New Cold War History
Subject:
post-World War II
Subject:
reconstruction of Europe
Subject:
NATO alliance
Subject:
economic recovery
Subject:
World History-European History General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Series:
The new Cold War history
Series Volume:
no. 99-0050
Publication Date:
19981026
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
291
Age Level:
Modern - 20th Century/Nuclear Age

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France Restored: Cold War Diplomacy and the Quest for Leadership in Europe, 1944-1954
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"Synopsis" by , In an important revision of early Cold War history, Hitchcock restores France's central role in the post-World War II reconstruction of Europe. He focuses on French diplomacy toward the occupation of Germany, the economic reconstruction of the continent, and the crafting of the NATO alliance.
"Synopsis" by , Historians of the Cold War, argues William Hitchcock, have too often overlooked the part that European nations played in shaping the post-World War II international system. In particular, France, a country beset by economic difficulties and political instability in the aftermath of the war, has been given short shrift. With this book, Hitchcock restores France to the narrative of Cold War history and illuminates its central role in the reconstruction of Europe. Drawing on a wide array of evidence from French, American, and British archives, he shows that France constructed a coherent national strategy for domestic and international recovery and pursued that strategy with tenacity and effectiveness in the first postwar decade. This once-occupied nation played a vital part in the occupation and administration of Germany, framed the key institutions of the "new" Europe, helped forge the NATO alliance, and engineered an astonishing economic recovery. In the process, France successfully contested American leadership in Europe and used its position as a key Cold War ally to extract concessions from Washington on a wide range of economic and security issues.
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