French Politics, Society and Culture

Charles De Gaulle and the Media

Leadership, TV and the Birth of the Fifth Republic

Authors: Brizzi, Riccardo

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  • Provides a comprehensive account of the relationship between Charles De Gaulle and the media
  • Uses archival data, original research and interview material to highlight the use of television in legitimizing the Gaullist leadership
  • Discusses the extent of political control of the media and television in particular
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This book explores Charles De Gaulle's use and strict control of television between 1958 and 1969, highlighting the association between charismatic power and television with regards to legitimizing the Gaullist leadership and determining an evolution towards presidentialism during the Fifth Republic. A protagonist of European political history of the twentieth century, Charles de Gaulle was a pioneer in the use of mass media: in the Second World War he had earned the nickname of Général-micro due to his reliance on radio communication; in 1958 he then started an substantive and fruitful use of television, which some of his opponents labelled as ‘telecracy’. From difficult beginnings, where he followed the advice of publicity and communication experts, through his masterful TV appearances during the dramatic moments of the Algerian War, to the presidential campaign of 1965 and the crisis of May 1968, the author paints a compelling fresco of de Gaulle as the first TV

leader in contemporary European history. The book will appeal to students and scholars interested in the fields of French politics, political communication and political leadership.  

About the authors

Riccardo Brizzi is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Bologna, Italy and visiting Professor at Sciences Po Paris and Sciences Po Lyon, France. His research interests include French and European history, and the history of mass media and political communication. His previous publications include France after 2012 (with G. Goodliffe, 2015).

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“Brizzi’s book has much to recommend it. It will appeal to anyone interested in de Gaulle’s presidency, political communication in France during the Fifth Republic and, more generally, the exercise of executive leadership in western democratic political systems. It contains original research by the author (for instance on newspaper partisanship), draws significantly on archival data and interview material, and demonstrates a high level of scholarship.” (Raymond Kuhn, H-France Review, Vol. 19 (4), January, 2019)
“This erudite study superbly explores the relationship between mass media and politics in the early years of the Fifth Republic, notably demonstrating how Charles de Gaulle effectively transformed television into his “secret weapon” of political communication. This original, informative and powerful book sheds new light on the politics of charismatic leadership in the modern age.” (Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh, Balliol College, Oxford University, UK)

“Drawing on a significant amount of archival material and benefiting from a wide range of oral sources, this book is a ‘must read’ for everyone interested in De Gaulle’s presidency, the media in France and the exercise of executive leadership in western democracies. This is a work of first class scholarship.” (Professor Raymond Kuhn, Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Charles De Gaulle and the Media
Book Subtitle
Leadership, TV and the Birth of the Fifth Republic
Authors
Translated by
Kear, J.
Series Title
French Politics, Society and Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65642-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65642-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65641-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88072-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 309
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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