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Charles de Gaulle and France's nostalgia for greatness
by Julian Jackson
About this EXP
Julian Jackson, Professor of Modern French History at Queen Mary, University of London, examines the myth of Charles de Gaulle.
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Key point 1
The myth of de Gaulle begins with his emergence as a political personality and continues with de Gaulle’s own self-mythologisation.
Key point 2
Whether from the right or the left, contemporary politicians in France continue to refer to de Gaulle.
Key point 3
Part of the nostalgia for de Gaulle today is nostalgia for French greatness.
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