Sudhir Hazareesingh

Sudhir Hazareesingh teaches politics at Oxford. How the French Think was published in 2015.

Haughty Dirigistes: France

Sudhir Hazareesingh, 23 May 2019

‘There is​ a France only thanks to the state,’ Charles de Gaulle declared in 1960, ‘and only by the state can France be maintained.’ He spoke these words during the ‘week of the barricades’ in Algiers, when a pied-noir uprising gained significant support in local units of the French army. De Gaulle appeared on television in full military uniform, and...

The End of the Plantocracy

Pooja Bhatia, 19 November 2020

For most Haitians, it didn’t matter whether the plantation owner was Black, mixed-race or white; or whether he claimed France, Britain or Haiti as his nation, nor did it much matter whether the system...

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A Rage for Abstraction

Jeremy Harding, 16 June 2016

French intellectual tradition is often happier than its rival Anglo-Saxon versions to put the world – and the fact – in parenthesis for as long as the conversation is worth having.

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Made in Algiers: De Gaulle

Jeremy Harding, 4 November 2010

At the military academy in Saint-Cyr, which he entered in 1908, Charles de Gaulle was known as ‘the great asparagus’. But aside from the fact that he stood six feet four in his socks...

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Violets in Their Lapels: Bonapartism

David A. Bell, 23 June 2005

France, it has often been said, is a democracy with the manners of an absolute monarchy. Think of the ceremonial splendour with which French presidents surround themselves, the haughty, distant...

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