After the Affair: The Congres de la Jeunesse and Intellectual Reconciliation in 1900

Wright, Julian (2009) After the Affair: The Congres de la Jeunesse and Intellectual Reconciliation in 1900. French History, 23 (4). pp. 491-516. ISSN 0269-1191

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The Congrès de la Jeunesse of December 1900 was an audacious project in intellectual reconciliation following the Dreyfus Affair. Drawing together Dreyfusards and anti-Dreyfusards, poets and political activists, it attempted a double reconciliation, between different political factions and between the worlds of literature and politics. This study of the congress suggests new lines of reflection for a rereading of the intellectual battles of the turn of the century in France. The heated nature of discussions meant that the project would not easily bear fruit. Nevertheless, it needs to be studied more closely, as it attempted to adjust the politics of confrontation, too often seen as the root of all French political argument in the early twentieth century. It did this by advancing practical programmes on which opponents could find agreement. Understanding how these specific programmes connected with the quest for reconciliation casts a new light on ideas that animated the central years of the Third Republic.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 16:26
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 18:48

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