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War, Memory, and the Politics of HumorThe Canard Enchaine  and World War I$
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Allen Douglas

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228764

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228764.001.0001

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Canard Economics, or the Costs of the War

Canard Economics, or the Costs of the War

(p.210) 12 Canard Economics, or the Costs of the War
War, Memory, and the Politics of Humor

Allen Douglas

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the economic problems that plagued France during the 1920s and the economic discourse present is several articles published by the Canard. It shows that the Canard economics was also part of the construction of the memory of the Great War. The first section examines the economic scapegoats or stereotypes of the war, which were the profiteers or mercanti. This is followed by a section on the alliance of millers, grain dealers, bakers, and farmers with the government authorities who were regulating them. The discussion also shows that the Canard was unafraid to pinpoint those they held responsible for high prices, and even recommended violent direct action, such as hanging and pillaging, against the profiteers. The chapter also covers the Canard's views on the monetary difficulties experienced in France, and introduces the concept of the economics of criminality.

Keywords:   economic problems, economic discourse, profiteers, high prices, monetary difficulties, economics of criminality

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