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The Church would miss her, for she is its indefatigable apostle. ”25 While the right invoked the eternal qualities of France, the left united behind the values of republican nationalism. ”27 As the front line stabilized and the fighting dragged on, missionary zeal dissipated; the determinationto defend France did not. Despite the murderous, miserable nature of the war, the only signrficant mutinies occurred in May 1917, and they were not politically motivated. Exhausted troops refused to return to the front lines, where they knew a pointless death awaited them.

His France was not the right’sFrance, just as it was not the France of the socialists he and the right both despised. An inclusive nationalism would be articulated a generation later, by a man who at crucial moments would build his leadership around it. In one of the most famous political texts of French history, Charles de Gaulle wrote: Toute ma vie, je me suis fait une certaine idee de la France. Le sentiment me I’inspire aussi bien que la raison. Ce qu’il y a, en moi, d’affectif imagine naturellement la France, telle la princesse des contes ou la madone aux fresquesdes murs, c o m e vouee a une destinee Cminente et exceptionnelle.

It was a temporary, though critically important, union. After the war, the differences among the participants would come into play, with equally dramatic consequences. ”** Priests who had gone into exile during the church-state crisis returned home to join the army. In a politically divided nation, patriotism remained a common FRENCH NATIONALISM 35 reflex. ” During and after the Second World War, Charles de Gaulle would habitually end speeches to the nation with both expressions. On August 15, 1914, L a Revue du clerge’ franGais articulated the French Church’sunderstanding of France’suniversalist mission.

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