France and the Dreyfus Affair

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Monica Moroyoqui
History 1B Dreyfus Paper

France and the Dreyfus Affair: A documentary by Michael Burns

The author, Michael Burns is a historian, actor and professor. He holds a Ph.D. and has written a handful of books, all revolving around wars. His book entitled France and the Dreyfus Affair: A documentary history was written in 1998 and is about Alfred Dreyfus during one of Europe’s most significant political scandals. The theme of the book was anti-Semitism, socialism, militant nationalism and the separation of church and state. Dreyfus was a French citizen and a Jewish army officer. During 1894, he was wrongly convicted in Europe, the charges were of treason. Burns studied his subject well enough to create a character around him.

The book presented the events in a chronological order. The arrest started off the book where they had taken Dreyfus away for charges of treason. He was put on trial and then sentenced to Devil’s Island. The case was later reopened, and then pardoned after a while. A number of authors have given their own versions of the story. This is because the events that followed this case were very interesting. The people were torn apart by the scandal, which made it one of the most significant cases a lot of people have argued weather Dreyfus was a victim of discrimination because he was a Jew. The first piece of evidence given to the court through the Embassy in Paris was...
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