The rise of militant Bretonite

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Abstract:

The Breton movement in France grew increasingly militant in the late twentieth century, in part due to the French government. After its official and unofficial repression of Bretons ended in the mid-twentieth century, France never developed a consistent policy to deal with Breton culture. At the same time, the Bretons themselves changed their political outlook. The rise of militant Bretonite resulted from a new belief among the activists that their survival depended on government intervention. This change led to a shift in Breton politics from the right to the left, and an overall change in the movement itself.

Keywords: Bretons; France; linguistic policy; nationalism; separatism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14608940802249890

Affiliations: Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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