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Europeanising Spaces in Paris c. 1947-1962$
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Hugh McDonnell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781383025

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781383025.001.0001

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Europeanising Spaces and the Fédération des étudiants nationalistes, 1960–1963

Europeanising Spaces and the Fédération des étudiants nationalistes, 1960–1963

(p.137) Chapter 5 Europeanising Spaces and the Fédération des étudiants nationalistes, 1960–1963
Europeanising Spaces in Paris c. 1947-1962

Hugh McDonnell

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 5 examines the Fédération des étudiants nationalistes (FEN). For this important and very visible far-right wing student group founded in 1960, Europe and its defence were central terms of reference, even obsession. The group was active in French student politics, producing and distributing journals, contesting student representative positions, organising political meetings and demonstrations, and revelling in street fights. The FEN concerned itself with a whole range of subjects from trivial issues of student life to grand theories of hierarchy in world politics. Its brand of nationalism was located within a vision of an integral Europe. Indeed, a nation was reckoned to be a European privilege and the notion of non-European nationalisms was as outrageous as it was dangerous. As such, Europe was only of value to the group to the extent that it extended to the non-European world. Should decolonisation be carried to its conclusion and Europe reduced to its European geographical limits, Europe would be worth very little at all.

Keywords:   Fédération des étudiants nationalistes, Europe, Far-right politics, Student politics, Nationalism, Imperialism

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