By Martyn Cornick,Martin Hurcombe,Angela Kershaw
This ebook experiences commute writing produced via French authors among the 2 international Wars following visits to authoritarian regimes in Europe and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). It sheds new gentle at the phenomenon of French political shuttle during this interval via contemplating the well-documented charm of Soviet communism for French intellectuals along their curiosity in different radical regimes that have been less studied: fascist Italy, the Iberian dictatorships and Nazi Germany. via analyses of the go back and forth writing produced because of such visits, the booklet gauges the attraction of those types of authoritarianism for inter-war French intellectuals from a extensive political spectrum. It examines not just these whose political sympathies with the intense correct or severe left have been already publicly recognized, but in addition non-aligned intellectuals who have been drawn to political versions that provided an it seems that radical substitute to the French 3rd Republic. This research indicates how trip writing supplied an area for mirrored image at the classes France may research from the novel political experiments of the inter-war years. It argues that such writing can usefully be learn as a kind of utopian pondering, distinguishing this from colloquial understandings of utopia as an excellent position. Utopianism is known neither as a myth ungrounded within the actual nor as a dangerously totalitarian perfect, yet, in response to Karl Mannheim, Paul Ricœur, and Ruth Levitas, as a sort of non-congruence with the true that it seeks to go beyond. The utopianism of French political shuttle writing is visible to lie now not within the try and painting the vacation spot visited as utopia, yet really within the pursuit of a discussion with radical political alterity.