Between the Bayonet and the Bomb: the Military Crisis in France and the Origins of the Fifth Republic, 1958-1968

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Research seminar presented by Grey Anderson, Université de Caen-Normandie

Moderator: Christophe Wasinski, REPI-ULB

Abstract: The French Fifth Republic was born out of a coup d’état in Algiers, on May 13, 1958, and the first years of the regime were haunted by conspiracies and rumors of putsch and pronunciamento. Yet with the end of the war in Algeria and the consolidation of new institutions, the scale and drama of this unrest soon faded. Before long, a crisis of civil-military relations that helped topple one constitutional order and marred the debut of its successor could be attributed to the actions of a handful of soldats perdus, one episode in a longer transition from “warriors to managers.” But this transformation was not as consensual as it later appeared, and the means by which it was accomplished left lasting traces on the French military and political establishment.  

Grey Anderson received his PhD in History from Yale University in 2016. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar affiliated with HisTeMé at the Université de Caen-Normandie, where he is part of the research project PEACE ("La paix : perspectives historiques, conceptuelles et normatives"). His book, La guerre civile en France: Du coup d’État gaulliste à la fin de l’O.A.S., was published in September 2018 by La fabrique. 

Online registration required by March 7th ► via this link

(Complimentary sandwich lunch for those who have signed up)


Monday March 11th2019, 12-2 pm

Université libre de Bruxelles

IEE Solbosch Campus, Spaak Room

Avenue F. Roosevelt 39, 1050 Bruxelles

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