Marc Bloch: A Life in History

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Cambridge University Press, May 2, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 371 pages
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This 1991 book was the first biography of Marc Bloch (1886-1944), historian, soldier in both world wars, and leader of the Resistance, who was captured, tortured, and died a heroic death. Based largely on Bloch's private letters, diaries and papers, as well as on other unpublished documents, it traces the remarkable life of this French-Jewish patriot under the Third Republic. As an historian, Bloch is perhaps best known for The Historian's Craft, an inspiring set of meditations on his life's work, and as co-founder of the now legendary journal Annales, which gave rise to a major school of historical writing. Profoundly influenced by the dark events that shaped his era - world wars, anti-semitism, and totalitarianism - Bloch has become something of an intellectual hero of our century, his life an epitome of the endeavour to uphold, in the face of such events, the spirit of unfettered critical enquiry.
 

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Drawing on Bloch's unpublished correspondence and notes, Fink has written the first full intellectual and political biography of the brilliant scholar who co-founded the Annales, this century's most ... Read full review

Contents

Forebears
1
Education
13
The Young Historian
39
The Great War
54
Strasbourg
79
Lhistoire humaine
104
The Annales
128
Paris
166
Strange Defeat
205
Vichy
241
Narbonne
293
The Legacy
325
Selected Bibliography of Marc Blocks Publications
347
Note on Sources
355
Index
361
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Carole Fink is the Professor of European History at the Ohio State University. She has written several books, including The Genoa Conference: European Diplomacy, 1921 22 (1984), which was awarded the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association, and Marc Bloch: A Life in History (Cambridge University Press, 1989), which has been translated into five languages.

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