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Author Birnbaum, Pierre, author.

Title Léon Blum : prime minister, socialist, zionist / Pierre Birnbaum ; translated by Arthur Goldhammer
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]


Description 1 online resource (218 pages .)
Series Jewish lives
Jewish lives.
Contents Introduction -- Portrait of a young jew -- The Dreyfus Affair -- On love -- The heir of Jaurès : the socialist commitment -- In service of the state -- The attack -- Popular front! -- From Vichy to Buchenwald -- Kfar Blum -- Conclusion
Summary A new appreciation of the extraordinary life and legacy of Léon Blum, the first Jewish prime minister of France Léon Blum (1872-1950), France's prime minister three times, socialist activist, and courageous opponent of the pro-Nazi Vichy regime, profoundly altered French society. It is Blum who is responsible for France's forty-hour week and its paid holidays, which were among the many reforms he championed as a deputy and as prime minister, while acting as a proudly visible Jew, a Zionist, and eventually a survivor of Buchenwald. This biography fully integrates Blum's Jewish commitments into the larger story of his life. Unlike previous biographies that downplay the significance of Blum's Jewish heritage on his progressive politics, Pierre Birnbaum's portrait depicts an extraordinary man whose political convictions were shaped and driven by his cultural background. The author powerfully demonstrates how Blum's Jewishness was central to his outlook and mission, from his earliest entry into the political arena in reaction to the Dreyfus Affair, and how it sustained and motivated him throughout the remainder of his life. Birnbaum's Léon Blum is a critical chapter in the larger history of Jews in France
Notes English translation of unpublished French manuscript
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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SUBJECT Blum, Léon, 1872-1950.
Blum, Léon, 1872-1950 fast
Subject Front populaire.
SUBJECT Front populaire fast
Subject Statesmen -- France -- Biography
Socialists -- France -- Biography
HISTORY -- Europe -- France.
Politics and government
SUBJECT France -- Politics and government -- 1914-1940.
Subject France
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
Author Goldhammer, Arthur, translator.
LC no. 2014039215
ISBN 9780300213737