Local Government in Occupied Europe (1939-1945)

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Bruno de Wever, Herman van Goethem, Nico Wouters
Academia Press, 2006 - History - 260 pages
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The era of World War II and Nazi-occupation in Europe has been studied from a multitude of different angles. Often neglected is the bottom-up approach, focusing on the local level. Nevertheless, it was there that the confrontation between the (mostly German) occupiers and the occupied population became manifest. Focusing on wartime local experiences, this volume aims to address the following questions: How did the occupier organize its collaboration with local and regional authorities? What tasks did local and regional administrations have to perform? What consequences did different local arrangements have? What was the influence of various ideological choices at the local level?

This volume collects contributions on countries as diverse as Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Greece, Belarus, and the Ukraine. Whilst presenting the most up to date research available, this book also serves as an invitation to further study in this hitherto barely explored field.

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BRUNO DE WEVER is Professor of History at the University of Ghent. HERMAN VAN GOETHEM is a Conservator of Kazerne Dossin Museum of Memorial and Documentation Center on Holocaust and Human Rights and former Professor of History at the University of Antwerp. NICO WOUTERS is a Professor of History at the University of Antwerp and Head of Academic Activities in the Study and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society in Brussels.

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