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Mitterrand : a political biography

Author: Wayne Northcutt
Publisher: New York : Holmes & Meier, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this illuminating portrait of Europe's perhaps most skillful tactician, Northcutt examines Francois Mitterrand's long and fascinating political career and chronicles his two-term presidency in detail, focusing on the day-to-day challenges he has faced in domestic and foreign affairs." "When the socialist Mitterrand was elected President of France, with the aid of an electoral alliance with the French Communist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Northcutt, Wayne.
Mitterrand.
New York : Holmes & Meier, 1992
(OCoLC)607678808
Named Person: François Mitterrand; Francois Mitterrand; François Mitterrand; François Mitterrand; François Mitterrand
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wayne Northcutt
ISBN: 0841912955 9780841912953
OCLC Number: 24246380
Description: xvi, 399 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Enigma, the Man, and History --
1. The Early Years: Jarnac, Paris, and World War II --
2. The Fourth Republic: The Making of a Politician (1946-1958) --
3. The Gaullist Fifth Republic: The Second Resistance (1958-1981) --
4. Dreams, Illusions, and Reforms: From the Pantheon to Versailles (May 1981-June 1982) --
5. Austerity: From the Plain to the Mountain (June 1982-December 1983) --
6. Retreat and modernize (1984) --
7. Preparing for the 1986 Legislative elections (1985-March 1986) --
8. The 1986 Legislative Elections and Cohabitation: Victory in Defeat --
9. The 1988 Presidential and Legislative Elections: Mitterrand's Campaign Strategy --
10. Prosperity, Rocardism, and the European Challenge.
Responsibility: Wayne Northcutt.

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"In this illuminating portrait of Europe's perhaps most skillful tactician, Northcutt examines Francois Mitterrand's long and fascinating political career and chronicles his two-term presidency in detail, focusing on the day-to-day challenges he has faced in domestic and foreign affairs." "When the socialist Mitterrand was elected President of France, with the aid of an electoral alliance with the French Communist Party, many assumed that unsettling change and political instability would result. But by the end of his first term in office, Mitterrand had led the transformation of his Socialist Party from what had been a minority opposition into a consensus government dedicated to modernization, pluralism, power sharing, and liberal reform. At the time of his re-election in 1988, Mitterrand had fashioned a stable centrist republic - situated between the Gaullists on the right and the communists on the left - and in so doing revitalized French politics and the French Left. Yet, for many, Mitterrand has remained an elusive figure: enigmatic personality, intellectual humanist, shrewd pragmatist, strong-willed and skillful politician." "Mitterrand: A Political Biography succeeds in providing an informed and revealing closeup of this complex man from the vantage point of the Elysee Palace as it lays bare the intricate dynamics of socialist government in France."--Jacket.

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