Charles de Gaulle and 20th Century France

April 2, 9, 16, 23

The Thursday Forum calendar closes with a series on the life and career of one of the most important Frenchmen of the 20th century, the illustrious Gen. Charles de Gaulle. History Professor Bethany Keenan will examine de Gaulle's experiences in World War I, his military training, his involvement with the Free French and the liberation of France in World War II, his role in the ending of French colonization in Algeria, his activities in favor of peace during the U.S. - Vietnam War, and the end of his presidency with the student uprisings of 1968.

By the conclusion of this forum, participants will have a better idea of the man at the center of some of the most tumultuous developments of modern France, as well as a clearer idea of how French ideas of national identity and French relations with the rest of the world evolved during the middle of the 20th century.


Bethany Keenan
Assistant Professor of History