This is a study of the maquis in southern France, the Resisters who took to the woods and hills in the struggle against the German Occupation in the Second World War. H.R.Edward's detailed and perceptive account explores what participation in the maquis meant for those involved, both at the time and subsequently. He examines the motivations of the maquisards and how the circumstances of occupation and resistance affected the ways of life of rural communities in the south of France. This is a rich and original book which achieves a fruitful integration of extensive archival research and oral history. Professor Kedward's scholarly and readable history allows the voices of individuals to be heard, and offers us important insights into the nature of community and regional tradition. From the many fascinating and moving individual stories emerge a sense of place, a clearer understanding of the maquisard, and an unsentimental assessment of the role of the maquis in French history. 'To discuss French resistance to German occupation is like walking on eggshells, but H.R.Kedward has made the perilous passage in triumph, combining information and insight so deftly that he transforms received ideas, and has rewritten a significant slice of history.
..a brilliantly written and closely argued book.' - Times Literary Supplement; 'Kedward has written an extraordinary book...He has a love of these people and their courage which shows through the text...He has'found' the maquis in their countryside and portrayed them through meticulous study and rigorous analysis.' - Modern and Contemporary France; 'a book that is not only remarkably well documented bu also perceptive and moving.' - Independent on Sunday; 'This is a Maquisard history of the Maquis, and a very fine one.' Guardian
`remarkably well documented ... perceptive and moving' Independent on Sunday
`combining information and insight ... transforms received ideas, and has rewritten a significant slice of history ... a brilliantly written and closely argued book' Times Literary Supplement
'Kedward successfully combines interesting narrative, significant detail, and compelling analysis to offer the reader a new and insightful perspective on the French Resistance. ... a welcome first step toward a recoceptualization of the Resistance in France, one that attempts to place the phenomenon of resitance in the context of the local communitites out of which it evolved. Limitations of space make it difficult to convey adequately the richness of this
book, ... the author, in drawing our attention to the great variety of political, geographical, and social circumstances that shaped a multitude of complex responses to the Occupation, has succeeded
admirably in capturing the texture of the Resistance and of life in rural France during the last years of the German Occupation.'
French Politics & Society Winter '94 Vol 12 No 1
`the author does well to link the nature of resistance to former traditions of protest...he has produced a fascinating study which underscores the rich diversity of protest in the countryside. It is to be hoped that In 'Search of the Maquis' will appear in French translation as soon as possible.'
`This richly detailed work...serves as an introduction to the resistance activity of the Maquis of Southern France. This is a finely written and original book. One now awaits Professor Kedward's third volume in his valuable series on the resistance in southern France.'
`This is an outstanding book, of great interest to those who study politics, society, police forces, or the history of war. Readable scholarship is always a delight; here is a fine example.'
M.R.D. Foot, Intelligence & National Security, Vol. 11, No. 1, Jan '96