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Between Justice and PoliticsThe Ligue des Droits de l'Homme, 1898-1945$
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William D. Irvine

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753173

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753173.001.0001

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From the Popular Front to the Fall of France

From the Popular Front to the Fall of France

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(p.160) Seven From the Popular Front to the Fall of France
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Between Justice and Politics
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753173.003.0008

In the wake of the crisis of February 6, 1934, the French Left began to realize that they must be united in order to prevent the spread of fascism in France. The Socialists and Communists began negotiations in the spring of 1934, and they were joined later by the Radicals and several other minor groups in the Rassemblement Populaire. The union was announced in a founding rally of the Rassemblement Populaire, where most of the speakers were or would be members of the Ligue des droits de l'homme's Central Committee. Not since the Dreyfus affair had the League played such a prominent role in the defense of the Republic. However, the League's ties to the Rassemblement Populaire would later cause it many problems. Indeed, the Popular Front marked a critical turning point in the history of the League. In particular, the League had to deal with issues associated with disarmament, the Moscow trials, Spain, and French foreign policy.

Keywords:   Left, France, Socialists, Communists, fascism, Rassemblement Populaire, Popular Front, Ligue des droits de l'homme, Spain, foreign policy

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