Francois Mitterrand is one of France's most famous twentieth-century politicians, yet interpretations of his values and leadership vary widely. Alistair Cole starts with a chronological overview of Mitterrand's career which is developed into a policy-based assessment of Mitterrand's presidency from 1981-93.
By evaluating Mitterrand's policies in relation to various key roles such as the party leader, the President, the dispenser of patronage, the European statesman and the World Leader, this book places his leadership in comparative perspective, and offers a new understanding of him as an individual political leader. This book will be invaluable for students of contemporary European politics as well for those interested in the career of one of Europe's leading statesmen.

chapter 1|16 pages

The origins of a political leader, 1916-58

chapter 4|15 pages

The enigma of Francois Mitterrand

chapter 5|16 pages

The party leader

chapter 6|18 pages

The President

chapter 7|14 pages

Mitterrand's governing style

chapter 8|17 pages

The European statesman

chapter 9|17 pages

The world leader

chapter 10|14 pages

Francois Mitterrand and the new Europe

chapter 12|9 pages