The Domestic-Political Dimension in France
Scholars have examined the tempestuous course of French domestic politics between the wars with an eye to explaining what went wrong in the spring of 1940. Two opposing tendencies emerge in literature. The first and oldest leans toward wholesale condemnation of the political system. The second tendency presents a more favourable picture of pre-war and wartime French politics. Scholars argue that following Munich, political divisions gave way to a common determination to resist Germany, if necessary by war. This chapter argues that both tendencies fail to capture the reality of French domestic politics during the late 1930s and 1940s. Political divisions led to France's failure to meet the challenge of war.
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