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The Dreyfus Affair (1894–1906) By Black, Suzanne

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1343-1
Published: 02/05/2017
Retrieved: 18 April 2024, from


The Dreyfus Affair was a French political controversy resulting from the unjust conviction and imprisonment of Captain Alfred Dreyfus (1859–1935), a Jewish artillery officer, for alleged espionage. By 1899, the ‘Affair’ had polarized France between ‘Dreyfusards’ and ‘anti-Dreyfusards’, pointing to profound divisions between traditionalist and modernizing forces.

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Black, Suzanne. The Dreyfus Affair (1894–1906). Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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