Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book

Introduction

The Dreyfus Affair comprises attempted assassinations, suicides, perjury, forgeries, invective, stunning reversals and abortive coups d'état, involving the honour and destiny of an individual and of France. It is also a mystery tale that reveals the preoccupations and divisions of France and Europe at the turn of the century. At its centre is the unjust imprisonment upon Devil's Island of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jew convicted of a crime he did not commit, who was in part the victim of an ancient prejudice. As the gravest crisis of the Third Republic, the Dreyfus Affair transformed French politics; as a crucial episode in the history of racial nationalism, it marked the transition from traditional to racial anti-Semitism; and as an explosive struggle for human rights and judicial equity, it, for the first time, engaged academics, writers and artists as self-conscious 'intellectuals' in French politics. The Dreyfus Affair explores how the trial of one man became l'Affaire, with all its consequences.

Keywords

chronology Europe exile France history nation Third Republic occupations politics prejudice Third Republic

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin P. Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.Northern Illinois UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-27519-9
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-68267-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-27519-9
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