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De Gaulle and The Media: Bibliography


It will be important to have an understanding of the general political context for de Gaulle’s action (especially for the periods 1940-1946 and 1958-1969). You can find this in the relevant chapters from such historical overviews as:

Larkin, M., France since the Popular Front: Government and People [various editions in library] (most useful for our purposes are the chapters 'The Occupation', 'Resistance and Liberation' (for 1940-44) and ‘La République des Dupes’, ‘La République des Citoyens’ and ‘De Gaulle’s Foreign Policy’ (for 1958-1969))

or Sowerwine, C., France since 1870: Culture, Society and the Making of the Republic (2nd ed. 2009), chapters 14-16 and 21, 22 and 24.

or Gildea, R, France since 1945 [various editions available from library, including as an ebook; includes some pre-1945 context; its organization is not purely chronological, so it may be useful to note that chapters 1-3 are most useful for background on de Gaulle's political action]

or McMillan, James F., Twentieth-Century France: Politics and Society 1898-1991 (1992)

Other works available in the library that contain concise (but therefore also more limited) accounts of relevant background include: Price, A Concise History of France; J. Popkin, A History of Modern France; C. Jones, The Cambridge Illustrated History of France.


Introductory material:

Kuhn, R., ‘Television under de Gaulle’, in The Media in France (1995), pp. 109-37.

Bourdon, J, ‘Le monopole du Général (1958-1969)’, in Haute Fidélité, Pouvoir et télévision 1935-1994 (1994), pp. 51-107.

Sicault, J.-D., ‘Les conférences de presse et autres procédés de contact direct avec l’opinion publique’, in Maitrot & Sicault, Les Conférences de presse du Général de Gaulle (1969), pp. 104-23 (class handout)


Primary material:

For texts of some of de Gaulle’s key television addresses, press conferences and interviews, see class handout. Texts of other addresses etc can be found, along with the texts of other speeches, in De Gaulle, Discours et messages (1970), vols 3, 4 and 5 (Avec le renouveau, Pour l’effort & Vers le terme). For details of which texts in particular might be worth looking at, see list attached to class handout.

For details of video material, see ‘web and video resources’ link on module website.


Further reading:

Bourdon, J, Histoire de la télévision sous de Gaulle (1990)

Chalaby, J. K., The De Gaulle Presidency and the Media: Statism and Public Communications (2002) [available as electronic book from library]

Peyrefitte, A., ‘De Gaulle et la communication’, in Plantey (ed.), De Gaulle et les médias (1994), pp. 109-116 [N.B. Peyrefitte was de Gaulle’s Minister for Information, so this is not a neutral analysis]

Bahu-Leyser, ‘De Gaulle et les médias 1958-1969’, in Espoir, Revue de l’Institut Charles de Gaulle, 66 (1989), pp. 47-53 [article now available for download on author's personal page - see .

Guillaud, J.-L., ‘L’information télévisée au temps du général de Gaulle’, Plantey (ed.), De Gaulle et les médias (1994), pp. 246-52 (Guillaud worked in television news between 1963 and 1969)

Pérol, G., ‘Les conférences de presse’, in Plantey (ed.), De Gaulle et les médias (1994), pp. 271-285.

Sablier, E., ‘Du bon usage de la télévision’, in Plantey (ed.), De Gaulle et les médias (1994), pp. 241-6

Seymour-Ure, C, 'Prime ministers' reactions to television: Britain, Australia and Canada', Media, Culture and Society 11 (1989), pp. 307-25 (journal available electronically through library) [not directly about de Gaulle, but useful for comparative purposes]

D’Almeida, F., and Delporte, C., Histoire des médias en France de la Grande Guerre à nos jours (2003) [the chapters entitled 'L'information sabordée (1939-1944)' and ‘Grandeur gaulliste et consommation de masse (1958-1968)’].