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Francois Mitterrand's victory in the French presidential election in May1981 provided one of the great political shocks of post-war Europe. The subsequent Socialist victory in the parliamentary elections put the French Left into power at a key moment in European history.
For Mitterrand it was the culmination of forty years of active political leadership and his vision of Socialism to the fourth largest industrial power in the Western world.
This biography traces Mitterrand's life and political development from the studious literary aesthete of Paris's left Bank in the 1930's to the skillful and wide-ranging politician who reformed the French Socialist Party, took it in and out of alliances with the powerful French Communist Party and finally into government.
Denis MacShane sets Mitterrand's life against the history and development of the French Left in a way which is both readable and comprehensive.
- MacShane, Denis, 1948-
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