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France at war

vichy and the h

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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.

'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, discontinuities, memory, and history in the years of Vichy and Occupation. The rick potluck buffet of thought-provoking pieces provides a glowing tribute to a fine historian, but also to the practice of history, and to the variety, evolution, and possibilities of the complex issues that historians tackle. The title alone seems wrong, or, at least, not explicit. Who was France at war with from 1940-1944? Only with itself.' Eugen Weber, Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter 'An excellent survey of the current 'state of play' of the historiography of Vichy France and a series of suggestions about what new directions research might take.' Journal of Contemporary History 'This book will constitute a regular port of call for anyone seriously interested in the Occupation, and will be regularly used by undergraduates ... The quality and range of the essays on offer can only act as an inspiration.' French History 'This volume brings together 20 of the most accomplished historians of the Vichy period. All make fresh and original contributions, and the result is a volume that will be indispensible to historians of modern France.' Social History

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 9
Vichy and L'ère Paxtoniennep. 11
The Paxtonian Revolutionp. 13
Notesp. 18
Chaque Livre UN Événement: Robert Paxton and the French, from Briseur de Glace to Iconoclaste Tranquillep. 21
Notesp. 32
Vichy France and the Jews: after Fifteen Yearsp. 35
Notesp. 46
Vichy Studies in France: before and after Paxtonp. 49
Notesp. 56
The Vichy Regime, Collaboration and Resistance: a Reshuffling of Categoriesp. 59
Collaboration French-Style: a European Perspectivep. 61
Notesp. 74
Writing the History of Military Occupationsp. 77
Notesp. 86
Communitarians, Non-Conformists, and the Search for a 'new Man' in Vichy Francep. 91
Notesp. 100
Vichy Singular and Pluralp. 107
Notesp. 122
Rural France and Resistancep. 125
Notesp. 140
The Countryside and the City: Some Notes on the Collaboration Model during the Vichy Periodp. 145
Notesp. 156
The Resistance and Vichyp. 161
Notesp. 174
Everyday Life: Culture, Institutions, Public Opinion under the Occupationp. 179
940-1944: Double-Think in Francep. 181
Notesp. 188
Vichy and Abortion: Policing the Body and the New Moral Order in Everyday Lifep. 191
Notesp. 202
Youth in Vichy France: the Juvenile Crime Wave and Its Implicationsp. 205
Notesp. 217
Everyday Culture in Occupied Francep. 221
Notesp. 229
Catholics, the Vichy Interlude, and afterp. 231
Notesp. 243
Myth, Memory and Representationp. 247
Out of the Picture: Foreign Labor in Wartime Francep. 249
Notesp. 258
Tragédies Bulgares et Françaises: Tzvetan Todorov and the Writing of Historyp. 261
Notesp. 271
Why Be So Cruel? Some Modest Proposals to Cure the Vichy Syndromep. 275
Notesp. 284
The Historian, a Site of Memoryp. 285
Notesp. 301
Appendixp. 303
Contributors and Editorsp. 309
Bibiliographyp. 313
Indexp. 323
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ISBN: 9781859732991
ISBN-10: 1859732992
Series: French Studies Ser.
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.8  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1