The Politics of Grandeur: Ideological Aspects of De Gaulle's Foreign Policy

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The Politics of Grandeur: Ideological Aspects of De Gaulle's Foreign Policy

By Philip G. Cerny
Cambridge University Press, 1980
319 pp. $29.50
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De Gaulle's longevity-his continuing presence in the minds of political actors and observers today-is a tribute to his person and his historic role. An American-born but British-trained political scientist probes De Gaulle's thought and foreign policy, emphasizing the wider implications of "grandeur." A fascinating subject, imaginatively conceived, though marred by an excessive reliance on the rhetoric of modern political science. Nevertheless, this is a study that sheds light on the nature of leadership, the uses of foreign policy in the domestic realm, and the premises and actual course of Gaullist foreign policy.