The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two (2019)

The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two Piers Paul Read The Dreyfus Affair The Scandal That Tore France in Two July The German military attach in Paris receives a visit from a seedy looking man who claims to be a French army officer in desperate need of money offering to sell them military secrets Ca
  • Title: The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two
  • Author: Piers Paul Read
  • ISBN: 9781608194322
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two Piers Paul Read July 20, 1894 The German military attach in Paris receives a visit from a seedy looking man who claims to be a French army officer in desperate need of money, offering to sell them military secrets.Captain Alfred Dreyfus was a rising star in the French artillery command Reserved yet intelligent and ambitious, Dreyfus had everything a family, money, and a clear path toJuly 20, 1894 The German military attach in Paris receives a visit from a seedy looking man who claims to be a French army officer in desperate need of money, offering to sell them military secrets.Captain Alfred Dreyfus was a rising star in the French artillery command Reserved yet intelligent and ambitious, Dreyfus had everything a family, money, and a clear path to a prestigious post on the General Staff However, Dreyfus had enemies as a result of his ambition Many of them came from the impoverished Catholic aristocracy and disliked Dreyfus because he was rich, bourgeois, and, above all, a Jew.On the basis of flimsy evidence, Dreyfus was placed under arrest for the crime of high treason Not long afterward, he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life on the legendary, lethal Devil s Island The saga of Dreyfus s many trials he was not exonerated until 1906, twelve years after first being arrested the fight to free him, and the intrigues on both sides, is a fast moving mystery story rife with heroes and villains, loose women, loyal wives, bisexual men, tricksters, and charlatans But this was no mere sideshow The anti Semitism and deceit on display in the Dreyfus case was an ominous prelude to the Holocaust and the long, bloody twentieth century to come.In an era when religious conflict, fierce patriotism, and charged debates over national identity pervade the public sphere, the scandal of Captain Dreyfus still has much to teach us In the hands of prizewinning novelist, biographer, and narrative historian Piers Paul Read, this real life morality tale comes alive for a new generation Using his storytelling skills and a nuanced, deep knowledge of French history, Read rediscovers l affaire Dreyfus as a rich, riveting tale.
The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two Piers Paul Read Dreyfus affair Dreyfus affair Definition, Summary, History Dreyfus affair, political crisis, beginning in and continuing through , in France during the Third Republic The controversy centred on the question of the guilt or innocence of army captain Alfred Dreyfus , who had been convicted of treason for allegedly selling military secrets to the Germans in December . What was the Dreyfus affair HISTORY Aug , A scandal that rocked France in the late th and early th centuries, the Dreyfus affair involved a Jewish artillery captain in the French army, Alfred Dreyfus , who was falsely convicted of passing military secrets to the Germans In , after a French spy at the German Embassy in Paris discovered Alfred Dreyfus and the Dreyfus Affair The Holocaust The Dreyfus Affair My Jewish Learning The Dreyfus Affair Jewish History The Dreyfus Affair Early Life and Family Alfred Dreyfus was born on October , , in Mulhouse, Entering the Military and Marriage In , Alfred Dreyfus, who had witnessed much war in his The Arrest High Treason Arrest of the Jewish Officer Alfred Dreyfus, read the November , The Dreyfus Affair A Love Story Peter Lefcourt The Dreyfus Affair A Love Story and millions of other books are available for Kindle Learn Enter your mobile number or email address below and we ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. The Dreyfus Affair The Scandal That Tore France in Two Feb , The Dreyfus Affair The Scandal That Tore France in Two and millions of other books are available for instant access view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook Enter your mobile number or email address below and we ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

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  1. Renato Magalhães Rocha

    Marcel Proust introduced me to the Dreyfus Affair While reading his masterpiece la recherche du temps perdu, I grew interested on this political scandal who seemed to have divided France in two opposing sides the Dreyfusards and the anti Dreyfusards because, for being such an important part of French history, it was largely present throughout Proust s story and characters.The Dreyfus Affair, by Piers Paul Read, depicts the sad but unfortunately true story of French captain Alfred Dreyfus, Jewish [...]

  2. Brian

    A decade ago I attempted a tandem read of Proust s In Search of Lost Time with a reading friend he made it through all of the books, I hit the wall in Guermantes Way and fell out My issues began with the Dreyfus Affair I just had no idea what the fuss was about, and in the days before , any of the online resources about the Affair were thin, at best Not able to wrap my mind around the Affair, I soon lost my way amongst Proust s description of Parisian society and ultimately slogged my way throug [...]

  3. Jane

    Where I got the book my local library Yay for the local library, because this one might be thought of as a bit of an obscure subject in America.You can t do any reading about late nineteenth century France without stumbling across the Dreyfus Affair So I knew the basics a Jewish army captain was wrongly accused of passing military secrets to the Germans Enemy 1 at the time, not that long after the Franco Prussian War , interned on Devil s Island, and subsequently released and repatriated when th [...]

  4. Jonathan

    The Dreyfus Affair pops up time and again when reading French books from the end of the nineteenth century I ve recently been reading Proust s In Search of Lost Time in which the characters keep discussing the Affair and anyone who has read anything about Zola will realise that Zola played a significant part in the Affair Up to now I ve just read around the Dreyfus Affair and have only been aware of the bare bones of the story but the topic is a fascinating story in its own right and I thought i [...]

  5. Marcia Van Camp

    Having only heard shortened versions in history class, my original understanding of the affair was that Dreyfus was wrongly convicted of espionage because someone had planted evidence against him in a trashcan I knew he was in jail for about 10 years but was finally declared innocent but I did not know anything else.What actually happened was so much worse that is almost seems unreal Although no one originally set Dreyfus up, he was named as a possible suspect early on and those who were convinc [...]

  6. Leslie

    So, as I read it, there are at least three levels on which to understand the Dreyfus Affair, a complex series of events that convulsed France at the end of the nineteenth century The first is as a story of a wrongful conviction, of a man accused, convicted of, and punished horribly for a crime he didn t commit On that level, it reminds me of other, recent stories of investigations gone horribly wrong Investigators fix too quickly on a single suspect, get tunnel vision, start reading all the evi [...]

  7. AnaVlădescu

    If I remember correctly, even though I ve known of the Dreyfus Affair since school days and have definitely went on to educate myself about it, this is the first book I ve read that is wholly dedicated to the subject And it is a good one It tracks the pre Dreyfus situation, up through all of the individuals responsible for the affair, then discusses some of the fallout For anyone interested in history, and specifically historical moments of a certain magnitude and importance to certain peoples, [...]

  8. Brendan Hodge

    I hadn t read a book on the Dreyfus affair before, and if you re in a similar position and would be interested in reading about the scandal which caused a political crisis in France in the closing decade of the 19th century and whose reverberations were still being felt at least through the Great War and perhaps as late as WW2 and the Vichy government this is a highly readable introduction Read is a journalist and novelist, not an academic, and he writes in an enjoyable, novelistic style Particu [...]

  9. Simon Dobson

    An excellent telling of one of the strangest, most influential, and least remembered judicial political scandals of the 19th century Read deftly navigates the twists and turns of The Affair , as it became known, with its cast of shady characters, officers, politicians, forgers, and spies.It s an anti Semitism that comes across most shockingly, letters to the editor type abuses of Jews that would be unsurprising in a history of Nazi Germany but are unexpectedly vehement in a history of France It [...]

  10. David

    What a prolonged agonizing cause c l bre This dismal tragic biography is placed in the aftermath of the 1870 1871 Franco Prussian War The Affair years of the 1890s are set in a sociological, moral, religious, humanistic era of French history There was no ostensible motive for Dreyfus alleged treason, and no incriminating evidence His military chief officers framed him against a backdrop of nationalist, anti Semitic sentiment High ranking military personnel conspired to frame an innocent man Not [...]

  11. Aki Korhonen

    If you ever wondered what the Dreyfus fuss was about, this book is for you I found it a very interesting and in depth look at the events surrounding the scandal that retains name recognition to this day.

  12. Mike Clinton

    I wrote a review of this book for the journal The History Teacher, which should appear in an issue or two Here are parts of that review For over a century, the ordeal endured by Captain Alfred Dreyfus has fascinated, appalled, and inspired generations well beyond the borders of France, where the events of the Dreyfus Affair transpired So much has been written about the Affair that a reader might reasonably ask what any new book has to contribute to our knowledge of it Piers Paul Read, an accompl [...]

  13. Sally

    I ve put this on a shelf called Didn t finish but it could also be listed under, Barely got started By page 39, I was bored and I d not even got to the main story.I know a bit about Alfred Dreyfus that he was falsly accused of treason and was imprisoned on the notorious Devil s Island off the coast of French Guiana I know he was Jewish and this is widely accepted as the probable reason for his set up He was eventually cleared of all charges.Read s book does not start with a background of Dreyfus [...]

  14. Todd

    Very good with lots of research I thought I knew a bit about this but it turns out I knew little In a nutshell around 1900, intrigue results in Dreyfus being falsely convicted of being a traitor and was sent to Devils Island for four years He was framed Some said from anti Semitism, some said because he wasn t well liked, some said to deflect from their own culpability In truth, all of the above The result was that several governments fell, other rose and fell, and a near civil war resulted Ever [...]

  15. Michael Snuffin

    I enjoyed reading this historical account of the Dreyfus Affair It gave me a lot of insight into nineteenth century French politics and culture I found the battles between the Catholics and the secular government over education very interesting, especially in light of the present day battles between the United States government and the anti science, anti intellectual educational agenda of the Religious Right I also learned a great deal about the development of anti Semitism in modern European hi [...]

  16. Gemma

    Fantastically written Although full of historical data, the author manages to weave a story that hardly let my put the book down I found the beginning a bit hard going with the massive contextual background to the facts but I think it was necessary to understand what happened and the spirit of the time.I really liked that at the end each of the characters involved had a little summary of what happened to them after the affair and I wish he d write Lucy s story, as it seems she was quite a charac [...]

  17. Valarie

    It s hard to say you liked a book that was so frustrating to read But the frustration was in the subject, not the writer he did a great job at not only telling the story but putting it all in context as if this much stupidity and stubbornness could be put into a proper context Yes, everyone acted like a bunch of jackasses, but here s why they did

  18. Raimo Wirkkala

    A very interesting, enlightening and highly readable account of a sordid chapter in the history of France There are alot of funny jokes about the merits of the French military over the years but this joke is of a different sort Distinctly not funny and shameful I would think this is a work that will be considered definitive of it s subject.

  19. Glen Brooksby

    This book was a very good accounting of the Dreyfus Affair and how it affected France I m glad I read it, but I must say that the author seemed to get carried away naming individuals, and their connections, that had little or no relevance to the main topic of the book I also though there were too many needless references to French terms, some repeatedly.

  20. Heather G

    Dry and tediousI ve had to force myself to finish this book and I love history The amount of tangents this author goes on is ridiculous If you are just dipping your feet in French history this is not the book for you I will definitely not buy another book by this author For every interesting part of the Dreyfus Affair there are pages of tedious tangents to match.

  21. Knut Sigurd

    Klar, edrueleg og oversynleg framstilling av ei sak som stadig er eigna til sjokkere Ei av dei klart beste popul re historieb kene eg har lese.

  22. Joan

    Does Justice supersede the State or vice versa You can have a state without justice, but can you have justice without a state If you know a little history this book will help you weave together many strands The Dreyfus debacle touches on the French Revolution, the reign of terror, World War I II, the rise of modern democracy, corrupt bureaucracy, Freemasonry and racism including antisemitism, anti Catholic and Zionism.It is a lot, and the book drags in many places but is full of good information [...]

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