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Leon Blum : Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist
by Pierre Birnbaum


Overview - A new appreciation of the extraordinary life and legacy of Leon Blum, the first Jewish prime minister of France
Leon Blum (1872-1950), France's prime minister three times, socialist activist, and courageous opponent of the pro-Nazi Vichy regime, profoundly altered French society.
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Overview
A new appreciation of the extraordinary life and legacy of Leon Blum, the first Jewish prime minister of France
Leon 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 Leon Blum is a critical chapter in the larger history of Jews in France.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780300189803
  • ISBN-10: 030018980X
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 232
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

Series: Jewish Lives (Hardcover)

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