France at War: Vichy and the Historians

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Januar 2002



This volume about the Vichy years and the German Occupation of 1940-1944 uses as a starting point Robert Paxton's Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order, which provided a meticulously documented portrait of a nation consumed by indecision and self-doubt. The essays by the foremost scholars in the field place the Occupation of France in the context of other episodes in French history, and in the context of other occupied countries during World War II. They consider communities of belief during the Vichy years, examine how the experience of war and occupation shaped the everyday lives of people, and look at the ongoing reconstruction of the memory of the Vichy years. This collection of essays takes up where Paxton left off and shows how the last twenty-five years of scholarship have made problematic the tidy categories used to describe behaviour during the Vichy years. The authors point to new directions in the field and address both the myth of the 'nation of forty million resisters' that Paxton demolished and the creation of a new myth -- that the French have failed or refused to confront their past.


Sarah Fishman University of Houston Laura Lee Downs University of Michigan Ioannis Sinanoglou Columbia University Leonard V Smith Oberlin College Robert Zaretsky


'Here is, finally, an emerging quest to examine the impact of the regime on everyday life, and to explore the interactions between Vichy agents and the lower levels of the political system ... France at War offers an excellent guide to the continiuing dilemmas posed by the Vichy period.'Times Literary Supplement'Much more than a straightforward celebration of remarkable scholarship.The chapters by an array of well-established French and Anglophone historians are both individually impressive and jointly coherent ... does not shy away form the moral implications of explaining and,to some extent, normalizing collaboration and its consequences'.The International History Review'France at War is a kind of_festschrift_-the best kind, substantial and suggestive-for Columbia's Robert Paxton. Twenty-three historians-French, British and American-contribute brief but meaty, informative, and densely argued essays on collaboration, resistance, anti-Jewish politics, bureaucracy, continuities,
EAN: 9781859732991
ISBN: 1859732992
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2002
Seitenanzahl: 288 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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