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By Kay Chadwick

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The second one global struggle spawned notorious collaborators equivalent to Brasillach and Drieu l. a. Rochelle, males who betrayed France during the profession. between their quantity stands the Catholic author Alphonse de Châteaubriant. writer of the prize-winning novels Monsieur des Lourdines and La Brière, he grew to become his literary abilities to the propagation of a collaborationist message within the pages of the notorious essay La Gerbe des forces and the both ignominious newspaper La Gerbe. even though not anything predisposes a Catholic to be a collaborator, Châteaubriant’s dedication to the National-Socialist reason arose from an idiosyncratic interpreting of Christian doctrine which justified racism and elitism within the identify of non secular regeneration. He considered his stumble upon with nationwide Socialism as a long-awaited assembly of minds, and championed its representatives as males of imaginative and prescient who may re-evangelise the realm. After the conflict, Châteaubriant fled to Austria. Condemned as a traitor in his absence, he indulged in an test at self-revision and fulminated opposed to his judges till his demise day. This e-book explores the damaging pathways down which lost idealism can lead. It demanding situations those that may vague the right kind telling of Châteaubriant’s involvement, or hinder a becoming narrative of the Vichy years.

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Châteaubriant may have shared in the Catholic Revival’s accusation of Church mediocrity, their desire to renew Christianity and their reference to the Middle Ages, but his methodology for regeneration was ultimately to differentiate his approach. Unlike the authors of the Catholic Revival, Châteaubriant did not bow to papal infallibility, but was instead prepared to question the authority of the Pope, as seen in his response to Pius X’s condemnation of Sangnier’s Sillon movement in 1910. Its brand of integral Catholicism rested on a ‘soyons peuple’ approach which emphasised fraternity and equality, rather than on the ‘allons au peuple’ stance which characterised the more paternalistic and hierarchical forms of Catholicism.

157), so indicating the possibility of an appropriate and salutary ‘reawakening’ process. Indeed, the fact that Anthime is saved from suicide and reintegrates into provincial life at the end of the novel (an outcome of which Barrès would approve), is to be read as the reaffirmation of rootedness and thus as a victory over modern and ‘foreign’ influences, this despite the loss of PetitFougeray. The theme of leadership as handled by Châteaubriant suggests parallels with the Barresian notion of the chef rather than with Maurras’s call to restore the monarchy, and foreshadows his treatment of the same issue in his later encounter with National-Socialist Germany.

284). Bernanos, a Catholic and a supporter of Maurras’s Action française movement, distanced himself from integral nationalism, choosing on humanitarian grounds to view the war more as a spiritual than a political issue. And Drieu, who did not publicly record his view of the war until 1934, at the time of his conversion to Fascism, offers a 8 52 Barrès, for instance, wrote in 1917: ‘Il nous faut relever la patrie de son abaissement et la guérir de sa mutilation. Il faut que les crimes soient vengés, les dommages indemnisés, les sacrifices récompensés.

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