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French Intellectuals Against the Left


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Chapter 1. From Fellow-Traveling to Revisionism: The Fate of the Revolutionary Project, 1944-1974
Chapter 2. The Gulag as a Metaphor: The Politics of Reactions to Solzhenitsyn and The Gulag Archipelago
Chapter 3. Intellectuals and the Politics of the Union of the Left: The Birth of Antitotalitarianism
Chapter 4. Dissidence Celebrated: Intellectuals and Repression in Eastern Europe
Chapter 5. Antitotalitarianism Triumphant: The New Philosophers and Their Interlocutors
Chapter 6. Antitotalitarianism Against the Revolutionary Tradition: Francois Furet's Revisionist History of the French Revolution

Epilogue and Conclusion

Selected Bibliography of Secondary Sources

About the Author

Michael Scott Christofferson was educated at Carleton College and Columbia University. He currently is Assistant Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University, Erie and lives in the Cleveland, Ohio.


"pathbreaking book...Persuasively arguing his overall case through meticulous research and analysis." * French Politics, Culture, and Society

"...an exceptionally fine text - one that could only have been written by an author mercifully free, for whatever reason of the phobias and philias about French intellectual life of previous generations." * New Left Review

"This book is clearly an indispensable resource for historians of twentieth-century France and French intellectual life, and a fine resource for anyone interested in a political sociology of the intellectual. Its fundamental thesis concerning the political sources of the antitotalitarian moment in the discourse of direct democracy and the electoral opposition to the PCF is largely persuasive-and a welcome antidote to the many distortions that obscure this key reactive shift." * Radical Philosophy

"I learned an enormous amount from your first-rate contribution. It is a very exciting and intelligent piece of work ... very impressive." * Michael Seidman

"The cooling of their love affair with revolution by many French intellectuals was a signal development in the late 20th century French public life. Michael Christofferson's fresh study, based on an immense and scrupulously handled research base, finds that the impact of Solzenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago (1974) was only the last step in a developing French critique of Marxist totalitarianism going back to the 1950s. This is essential reading for understanding the French left of today." * Robert O. Paxton, Columbia University

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