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Haughty Dirigistes

Sudhir Hazareesingh: France

23 May 2019
France’s Long Reconstruction: In Search of the Modern Republic 
by Herrick Chapman.
Harvard, 405 pp., £37.95, January 2018, 978 0 674 97641 2
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... after his resignation from government in 1946, he resumed his rebel posture and gave his blessing to the conspiracy that brought down the Fourth Republic in 1958. De Gaulle features prominently in HerrickChapman’s absorbing study of France’s state-led economic and social regeneration in the decades following the Second World War. Reconstruction was of course taking place in different forms across ...

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