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Who Wrote the Memoirs of Jean Monnet?

An Intimate Account of an Historic Collaboration

Clifford P. Hackett

Who Wrote the Memoirs of Jean Monnet? presents the only account of the thirty years spent by Jean Monnet, the "Father of Europe," creating his memoirs. Based on numerous interviews with Monnet’s collaborator, Francois Fontaine, and many others, the book reveals the concepts, delays, frustrations, and successes of an historic collaboration. This significant contribution provides a fresh viewpoint into both European Union history and biographical writing.

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Part VIII: Chronology


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The Chronology contains not only items specifically related to the memoirs; it also includes events and observations relevant to Monnet’s role in European integration that are useful in understanding the origins and production of his life’s account. (See Part XI for Sources and Abbreviations)


24 Dec: Monnet writes memo for Roosevelt’s adviser, Robert Sherwood, who apparently presented it as an “unsigned memorandum” to the President on France after liberation. “The sovereignty of France rests with the French people. … It is the duty of the United States and Great Britain to preserve for the people of France the right and opportunity” to determine the government they will have. The memo seemed designed to bolster Roosevelt’s reluctance to support General de Gaulle whom JM suspected of having dictatorial tendencies. Robert Sherwood, Roosevelt and Hopkins (NY, 1948) 680–681. ← 45 | 46 →

December: JM writes article “France at War” in US Army and Navy Journal (Washington DC) recalling three German invasions whose purpose was “domination” and “destruction of principles of freedom on which Western civilization … has been built …” The French are awaiting the day when “the voice of France can speak of liberty, freedom and bring its contribution to the building of a safer Europe. …” This article is the first preview of the war’s effects on his country, written clearly by one who saw his own active role in prospect. His Washington years (1940–45)...

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