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The French Media and the Forging of a Franco-British Alliance in the late 1930s

Hucker, Daniel

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Daniel Hucker daniel.hucker@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This article explores the interconnections between the media in France and the emergence of a Franco-British alliance on the eve of World War Two, emphasising how newspaper, radio and newsreel coverage helped mould British perceptions of France during the late-1930s. It will argue that British assessments of France, and thus France's potential value as a wartime ally, were influenced greatly by the dominant representations furnished by the media. In 1936, such representations portrayed a polarised France unworthy of British support; by 1939, they depicted a strong and united country of inestimable value to Britain. This transformation was not simply fortuitous; by the late-1930s, French politicians, conscious of the deleterious effect that media representations of a divided France was having on their country’s prestige, endeavoured to transform the media from a symptom of decadence and malaise into a weapon of unity and strength.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 2, 2017
Journal Media History
Print ISSN 1368-8804
Electronic ISSN 1469-9729
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 3-4
Pages 330-344
APA6 Citation Hucker, D. (2017). The French Media and the Forging of a Franco-British Alliance in the late 1930s. Media History, 23(3-4), 330-344. https://doi.org/10.1080/13688804.2017.1309268
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13688804.2017.1309268
Keywords France, United Kingdom, Newspapers, Radio, Twentieth Century, War and Society, Edouard Daladier
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13688804.2017.1309268
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Media History on 05.04.2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/13688804.2017.1309268

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