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L’Unef et l’Union internationale des étudiants (1945-1965)

Abstract : The world of French student politics was not immune from the Cold War. The founding of the Union internationale des étudiants (International Student Union) upon the Liberation of France mobilized UNEF activists, but this dream of unity was short-lived and collapsed when the world split into two antagonistic blocs. As the UIE fell under the influence of the Eastern bloc, French students left its ranks in the extremely tense international context of 1949. Such a decision, however, was only made with great difficulty. Indeed, for this first generation of UNEF leaders, it sadly marked the end of the bold dream of uniting students from all over the world into one organization. In the West, the creation of the CIE/COSEC marked the reorganization of student organizations along Cold War lines. But UNEF, refusing to accept this division, tried to act as an intermediary between the East and the West, notably after a new majority came to power in the student group in 1956.
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Didier Fischer. L’Unef et l’Union internationale des étudiants (1945-1965). Matériaux pour l'histoire de notre temps, La contemporaine, 2007, 1907 : une union étudiante est née, 86 (2), pp.84-105. ⟨10.3917/mate.086.0009⟩. ⟨hal-03736389⟩



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