By Ruth Harris
The definitive historical past of the notorious scandal that shook a state and surprised the world
In 1894, Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer within the French military, used to be wrongfully convicted of being a secret agent for Germany and imprisoned on Devil's Island. Over the subsequent years, makes an attempt to right this injustice tore France aside, causing wounds at the society that have by no means totally healed.
But how did a reasonably imprecise miscarriage of justice come to damage up households in bitterness, trigger anti-Semitic riots around the French empire, and approximately set off a coup d'état? How did a violently reactionary, obscurantist perspective develop into so robust in a rustic that observed itself because the domestic of enlightenment? Why did the conflict over a junior military officer occupy the main writers and philosophers of the age, from Émile Zola to Marcel Proust, Émile Durkheim, and so on? What drove the anti-Dreyfusards to persist of their efforts even after it grew to become transparent that a lot of the prosecution's proof was once faked?
Drawing upon hundreds of thousands of formerly unread and unconsidered resources, prizewinning historian Ruth Harris is going past the traditional narrative of fact loving democrats uniting opposed to proto-fascists. as a substitute, she deals the 1st in-depth background of each side within the Affair, displaying how advanced interlocking influences—tensions in the army, the clashing calls for of justice and nationalism, and a tangled net of friendships and relatives connections—shaped either the coalition operating to unfastened Dreyfus and the ambitious alliances trying to safeguard the recognition of the military that had convicted him. Sweeping and interesting, Dreyfus deals a brand new figuring out of 1 of the main contested and important moments in glossy history.
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Dreyfus: Politics, Emotion, and the Scandal of the Century by Ruth Harris