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In Search of the Maquis : Rural Resistance in Southern France 1942-1944 - H. R. Kedward

In Search of the Maquis

Rural Resistance in Southern France 1942-1944

Paperback Published: 17th November 1994
ISBN: 9780198205784
Number Of Pages: 360

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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

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`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.' French History `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.' French Review `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

List of Maps
Resistance and Refuge, 1942p. 1
Refusal and Revolt, Spring 1943p. 19
Hunters and Hunted, Summer-Autumn 1943p. 44
Structures and Communities, Winter 1943-1944p. 73
Strategies and Localities, Winter-Spring 1944p. 116
Insurrections and Liberations, Summer 1944p. 162
Images and Memories, 1944 and Afterp. 213
Oral Memoriesp. 233
Conclusion: Alternativesp. 280
Abbreviations and Glossaryp. 290
Note on the operation of the Service National Maquis (SNM)p. 297
Sources and Bibliographyp. 301
Index of Place-Namesp. 321
General Indexp. 327
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780198205784
ISBN-10: 0198205783
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 17th November 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 15.85  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.59

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