MIA: Encyclopedia of Marxism: Glossary of Events



Dreyfus Case

This case stood at the centre of French political life in the 1900s. It arose out of the false conviction for espionage made against Captain Dreyfus, a Jew. The charge formed a pretext for an offensive by the monarchist elements against the republic, the counter-revolution making use of counterfeit documents. A campaign in defence of Dreyfus was launched by all the left-republican circles headed by Jaurès and the famous writer, Emile Zola, in response to this. Dreyfus was in the end exonerated and released.