In the Shadow of Glory and Greatness. Cover Image

A nagyság és a dicsőség árnyékában
In the Shadow of Glory and Greatness.

France in the Cold War Era

Author(s): István Majoros
Subject(s): History, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: France; bipolar world; general de Gaulle; Fifth Republic; Cold War

Summary/Abstract: After the collapse in 1940, France ceased to exist as a great power, because the European balance of power was replaced by the Bipolar World after 1945. But during the war Hitler wanted to creat a German Empire in Europe. That’s why this study presents the efforts of France to find its place first in the German system and then in the Bipolar World. The author examines the diplomacy of the regime of Vichy and the politics of de Gaulle to participate in the liberation of France. The main goal of the General was to reestablish the great power role of France after 1945, but de Gaulle didn’t participate in the political life between 1946 and 1958. The study presents then the diplomacy of the Fourth Republic, when France starts organizing the European Economic Community. The colonial crisis makes an end to the regime and the Fifth Republic starts with the leadership of General de Gaulle as president of the republic. The study summerizes the diplomacy of the presidents from de Gaulle to Chirac. In the Cold War, France became a medium power with world political engagement.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 05
  • Page Range: 36-42
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Hungarian