By Matt Perry

"Prisoners of wish" examines the event of the unemployed and their protests and corporations that arose now and then of mass unemployment in France within the interwar years. Little has been written at the event of unemployment in France regardless of the wealth of fabric - social and clinical investigations, executive reviews, novels, memoirs and newspapers - that may be used to reconstruct the illustration and fact of the event. Assessing the impression of unemployed protest upon the specialists (in phrases of coverage and the long run improvement of the welfare state), this booklet areas the position of the unemployed within the wider context of ecu social hobbies within the Nineteen Thirties, in addition to contemplating the importance of unemployed protests upon the French collective reminiscence. The half performed through the French Communist social gathering within the production and management of the routine of the unemployed, and the variety of actions those hobbies undertook, can also be explored. From self-help to protests, starvation marches, demonstrations, aid paintings, tuition moves, city corridor occupations and riots, have been all thoughts that the unemployed utilised to attract realization to their plight. the most important to explaining the features of those routine is an knowing of the dynamics of protest and the way assorted strategies have been chosen in the course of their improvement, relatively the level to which tactical shifts have been relating to the character of the reaction of the professionals. via exploring those under-researched aspects of political lifestyles, a miles fuller realizing of French society through the turbulent pre-war years is available.

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Chapter five deals with the most renowned episode in French unemployed protest, the Lille to Paris hunger march (18 November–2 December 1933). After the Saint-Nazaire march, the communists were desperate to regain their hegemony over unemployed protest and marshalled all the resources at their disposal to ensure that their hunger march would be a success. Their press, the party, the mass organizations, the unions, the semi-dormant unemployed committees were all pressed into action. The ban that the Minister of the Interior imposed rendered the task of organizing the march immeasurably more complex.

D thesis, Paris 1, 1986). 12 Letellier, Enquête sur le Chômage, vol. 1, p. 81; Philippe-Jean Hesse and Jean-Pierre Le Crom, ‘L’indemnisation des chômeurs dans les années 1930’, in Les Sans-Emploi et la Loi Hier et Aujourd’hui (Nantes, 1988), pp. 43–67. 13 The workforce of coal mines fell 20 per cent between 1930 and 1936 but the overall unemployment rate for miners was less than one percent in February 1935. Ibid, pp. 84–5. 14 Christine Daniel and Carole Tuchszirer, L’Etat Face aux Chômeurs: l’Indemnisation du Chômage de 1884 à nos Jours (Paris, 1981), pp.

The Experience of Unemployment in France between the Wars 31 recovery. 72 Even the PCF dropped unemployment insurance as a demand with their adoption of the Popular Front. The creation of a national unemployment fund would replace the principle of local discretion with all its arbitrariness. As the economic crisis of the 1930s deepened, the proposal of a national unemployment fund found widespread support. 73 Given the broad parliamentary support for this measure (including both right and left wings of the Radicals), it naturally became inscribed into the programme of the Popular Front.

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