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France, the United States, and the Algerian War$
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Irwin Wall

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225343

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225343.001.0001

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The Fall of the Republic and the Coming of de Gaulle

The Fall of the Republic and the Coming of de Gaulle

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Chapter Five The Fall of the Republic and the Coming of de Gaulle
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France, the United States, and the Algerian War
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Irwin M. Wall

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225343.003.0005

This chapter examines the U.S. government's stand on the fall of the Fourth French Republic and the coming to power of Charles de Gaulle. It explains that American policy when the republic faced collapse was to stay out of French affairs and to behave as circumspectly as possible. The chapter argues that the equanimity with which the Americans watched the collapse of the republic remains a glaring reflection of a policy based on disillusionment with a dysfunctional guide.

Keywords:   Fourth French Republic, U.S. government, Charles de Gaulle, French affairs, American policy

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