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Senior Integrative Project


The discourse of politicians provides us with an important insight into a country’s notion of self and the way in which collective memory is constructed. Through a comparative analysis of speeches performed by Charles de Gaulle and Emmanuel Macron, I will explore the construction of collective memory in France and how this relates to French foreign policy-making.This study will argue that the memory of the Second World War has played a significant role in French foreign policy discourses and show that leaders continue to draw upon the past to justify their policy decisions today, particularly during discourses concerning European integration.



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