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The French Communist Party in the Fifth Republic
The French Communist Party in the Fifth Republic
By D.S. Bell and Byron Criddle
Oxford University Press, 1994, 294 pp
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A short history of the structure and political development of the French Communist Party, which after World War II was briefly the leading party and is now, the authors plausibly assume, in permanent eclipse. This clearly written account, which two English political scientists based on a wealth of secondary sources, emphasizes the avowedly Leninist structure and spirit of the party.