Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. William C. Pratt

Second Advisor

Dr. Mark O. Rousseau

Third Advisor

Dr. Ert J. Gum


My first encounter with Brittany, France, came in 1973 when I was bicycling through the Breton countryside with a group of Concordia College students. I befriended a Breton activist named Sylvain Phlipponneau, then twenty-one years of age, who made what I found to be an intriguing parallel between the plight of the American Indian and that of the outlying regions of France. He criticized the French government as over-bearing, excessively centralized, and with what he called a reckless disregard for the cultural integrity of the provinces. I was then seventeen, anxious to experience some of the residual youthful activism of the previous decade. I attended a few of the meetings of the Front de la Liberation de la Bretagne, (FLB), at the time the most radical of French autonomist groups. Often speakers at FLB meeting would break into Breton phrases, however, so as to keep French gems d'arnes uninformed of their activities. Unfamiliar with this dialect, I ws not as aware as I might otherwise have been as to the operations of the FLB during its heyday...


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1986 Annie Loring Peters