The collapse of the Third Republic: an inquiry into the fall of France in 1940
After setting the stage with a look at the founding of the Republic in 1871, describes the political, social, and religious divisions in the country, the "Maginot Line complex" growing out of military trust in a defensive war, and the deleterious effect of the tragedy of World War I.
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"A brilliant account of the dry rot which weakened France," said LJ's reviewer of this massive work (LJ 10/15/69). In his usual fashion, Shirer provides intricate details of the history of the Third Republic, from its early years to its demise. This remains "strongly recommended." Read full review
This companion volume to Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is a must for researchers and students of the events that led up to the War in Europe in 1939. Well researched and using his copious he took while he was in France and Germany make both volumes highly readable and leaves one shaking his head over the what might have beens.
Debacle Summer 1940
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