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Course of Our Times, The; France And The Fourth Republic

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Course of Our Times, The
France And The Fourth Republic
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Historical survey hosted by Abram Sachar, Brandeis University. Series release date: 1973

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“The tasks of reconstruction for France after the devastation and the humiliation of World War II were infinitely more difficult than after 1919. Now, in 1945, it was necessary to wipe out the shame of defeat, the Vichy nightmare, and to renew not only the political and economic fabric, but the very soil of France, starved and poisoned for five long years. Charles de Gaulle took initial responsibility, but when he was not given his way he resigned in a huff and waited twelve years to be vindicated. France went back to its petty political bickering, floundering with thirteen governments in the seven years since liberation. Only Pierre Mendes-France stood out with the statesmanship that the times required. At last, when internal problems seemed insoluble, and colonial dominions were every where in turmoil, a revolt was triggered in North Africa and Charles de Gaulle was recalled and given the mandate to inaugurate the Fifth Republic.”



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Chicago: “Course of Our Times, The; France And The Fourth Republic,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CB55D597981F452B8DBDB8C735B1FCCA.
MLA: “Course of Our Times, The; France And The Fourth Republic.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CB55D597981F452B8DBDB8C735B1FCCA>.
APA: Course of Our Times, The; France And The Fourth Republic. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CB55D597981F452B8DBDB8C735B1FCCA
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