Black's History Week


Did Gaullism save France?

Ep. 20

After the ignominy of the Vichy regime, how did post-war France recreate its government institutions, political parties and civil society? Was the Fourth Republic a failure and what was De Gaulle's vision for his country?

Professor Jeremy Black, author of the forthcoming France: A Short History, talks to The Critic's political editor, Graham Stewart, about the French experience from the liberation of 1944 through to the student unrest of 1968 and De Gaulle's resignation as president the following year.

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Image: Charles de Gaulle 1964. (Photo by Dominique BERRETTY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Music: Radetzky March by Human Symphony Orchestra (

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