Chapter Twenty-Eight. France

  1. John Horne Professor member
  1. Leonard V. Smith

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch28

A Companion to World War I

A Companion to World War I

How to Cite

Smith, L. V. (2010) France, in A Companion to World War I (ed J. Horne), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch28

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Author Information

  1. Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405123860

Online ISBN: 9781444323634



  • France, Franco-Russian alliance encircling Germany;
  • “lost territories”, salient French war aim;
  • Loi Dalbiez, examining mobilized workers and retaining minimum needed for war production (August 1915);
  • Comité d'Etudes et de Documents sur la guerre, pamphlets explaining war effort in French and seven foreign languages;
  • clothing industry strikes, demand for cost-of-living - and Saturday afternoons off with no loss of pay;
  • Maginot Line, collection of connected forts to stop Germans at the French border;
  • the French making strategic choices - helping to pave the way to war;
  • Joffre's strategy of overwhelming Germany - by pressure on multiple fronts worked in the end


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