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Unformatted text preview: Dreyfus Affair (1894)- Commonly known as the affair- Dreyfus was an Alsatian Jew accused of selling secrets to the Germans, put on trial and found guilty (sentence to life on Devils Island)- Example of Nationalism leading to xenophobia- Case was tried in the media demonstrated the power of mass communication- the affair came to identify ones political ideology:- Pro-Dreyfusards = Left / Liberals- Anti-Dreyfusards = Right, Traditional Institutions Catholic / Military- 1905 Dreyfus was exonerated Impacts: 1. Mass Media became a real and practical check on govt. authority- Emile Zola: I Accuse , supported Dreyfus in the media 2. New interest groups gained a foothold in govt. affairs...
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- European History