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Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters

Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Begley, Louis

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In December 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a brilliant French artillery officer and a Jew of Alsatian descent, was court-martialed for selling secrets to the German military attache in Paris based on perjured testimony and trumped-up evidence. The sentence was military degradation... and life imprisonment on Devil's Island, a hellhole off the coast of French Guiana. Five years later, the case was overturned, and eventually Dreyfus was completely exonerated. Meanwhile, the Dreyfus Affair tore France apart, pitting Dreyfusards - committed to restoring freedom and honour to an innocent man convicted of a crime committed by another - against nationalists, anti-Semites, and militarists who preferred having an innocent man rot to exposing the crimes committed by ministers of war and the army's top brass in order to secure Dreyfuss conviction. Was the Dreyfus Affair merely another instance of the rise in France of a virulent form of anti-Semitism? In Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters , the acclaimed novelist draws upon his legal expertise to create a riveting account of the famously complex case, and to remind us of the interest each one of us has in the faithful execution of laws as the safeguard of our liberties and honour.
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ISBN 9780300168143
Released NZ 15 Sep 2010
Publisher Yale University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780300168143
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Yale University Press
Imprint Yale University Press
Released 15 Sep 2010
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Begley, Louis
Series Why X Matters
Category World History: C 1750 To C 1900
European History
History of Specific Subjects
Political Corruption
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 16mm
Dewey Code 944.0812092
Weight 295g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade