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As France begins to confront the new challenges of the post-Cold War era, the time has come to examine how French security policy has evolved since Charles de Gaulle set it on an independent course in the 1960s. Philip Gordon shows that the Gaullist model, contrary to widely held beliefs, has lived on--but that its inherent inconsistencies have grown more acute with increasing European unification, the diminishing American military role in Europe, and related strains on French military budgets. The question today is whether the Gaullist legacy will enable a strong and confident France to play a full role in Europe's new security arrangements or whether France, because of its will to independence, is destined to play an isolated, national role.

Gordon analyzes military doctrines, strategies, and budgets from the 1960s to the 1990s, and also the evolution of French policy from the early debates about NATO and the European Community to the Persian Gulf War. He reveals how and why Gaullist ideas have for so long influenced French security policy and examines possible new directions for France in an increasingly united but potentially unstable Europe.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication. Quote
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxiii-xxvi
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  1. Part One: The Gaullist Years
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Chapter One: Perspectives on de Gaulle
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. Chapter Two: The Missing Pillar: France’s Role in the Defense of Europe in the 1950s and 1960s
  2. pp. 23-52
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  1. Chapter Three: Manipulating Ambiguity: Military Doctrines under de Gaulle and Pompidou
  2. pp. 53-78
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  1. Part Two: Struggling to Adapt
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. Chapter Four: Giscard’s Balancing Act, 1974–1981
  2. pp. 81-105
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  1. Chapter Five: Mitterrand’s Adaptations, 1981–1986
  2. pp. 106-138
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  1. Chapter Six: Tensions in the Consensus, 1986–1989
  2. pp. 139-160
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  1. Part Three: France in the New Europe
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. Chapter Seven: The Gaullist Legacy Today: French Security Policy in the 1990s
  2. pp. 163-185
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  1. Chapter Eight: Epilogue: The Gaullist Legacy and the Post–Cold War World
  2. pp. 186-202
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 203-234
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  1. Glossary of French Terms Used
  2. pp. 235-236
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-250
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-255
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400820917
Print ISBN
9780691086477
MARC Record
OCLC
51444570
Pages
292
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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