France During World War II: From Defeat to Liberation

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Fordham Univ Press, 2006 - History - 254 pages
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In this concise, clearly written book, Thomas and Michael Christofferson provide a balanced introduction to every aspect of the French experience during World War II.

Synthesizing a wide range of scholarship, the authors integrate political, diplomatic, military, social, cultural, and economic history in this portrait of a nation and a people at war. Here is a chronicle of the battles and campaigns that stained French soil with blood. Here, also, is the full historical context of the war--its origins, realities, and aftermath--in French society. The authors pay particular attention to the key failures of institutional France--especially the officer corps, political elites, and the Catholic Church. They also assess
the controversial history of the Vichy regime and the German occupation, in carefully crafted accounts of resistance and collaboration, Vichy's National Revolution, and the fate of France's Jews.

Accessible to both students and general readers, France during World War II develops a full understanding of the actors, events, issues, and controversies of a turbulent era.

 

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Contents

Defeat of France
1
National Revolution
34
Collaboration
67
Exclusion
102
Resistance
134
Liberation
166
Epilogue
197
Further Reading in English
205
Notes
211
Index
237
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Thomas R. Christofferson (Author)
Thomas R. Christofferson is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of History Emeritus at Drew University. His publications include The French Socialists in Power, 1981-1986: From Autogestion to Cohabitation.

Michael S. Christofferson (Author)
Michael S. Christofferson is Associate Professor of History at The Pennsylvania State University, Erie. His publications include French Intellectuals against the Left: The Antitotalitarian Moment of the 1970s.