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The French Defeat of 1940 : Reassessments - Joel Blatt

The French Defeat of 1940

Reassessments

By: Joel Blatt (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2001
ISBN: 9781571812261
Number Of Pages: 384

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"This stimulating and valuable collection ... does a superb job of demonstrating the intricacies of this acutely troubling problem." - H-Diplo "This excellent volume of essays ... the editor and publisher are to be congratulated on a valuable and handsome volume." - The Journal of Military History "... makes available a rich offering of the latest research on the defeat of 1940." - The International History Review Why France, the major European continental victor in 1918, suffered total defeat in six weeks at the hands of the vanquished power of 1918 only two decades later remains moot. Why the stunning reversal of fortunes? In this volume thirteen prominent scholars reexamine the French debacle of 1940 in interwar perspectives, utilizing fresh analysis, original approaches, and new sources. Although the tenor of the volume is critical, the contributors also suggest that French preparations for war knew successes as well as failures, that French defeat was not inevitable, and that the Battle of France might have turned out differently if different choices had been made and other paths been followed. Joel Blatt teaches at the University of Connecticut at Stamford.

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"This stimulating and valuable collection ... does a superb job of demonstrating the intricacies of this acutely troubling problem." - H-Diplo

"This excellent volume of essays ... the editor and publisher are to be congratulated on a valuable and handsome volume." - The Journal of Military History

..". makes available a rich offering of the latest research on the defeat of 1940." - The International History Review

Preface
Introductionp. 1
Strategy and Scapegoatism: Reflections on the French National Catastrophe, 1940p. 13
Marc Bloch and the drole de guerre: Prelude to the "Strange Defeat"p. 39
Martyrs' Vengeance: Memory, Trauma, and Fear of War in France, 1918-1940p. 54
Domestic Politics and the Fall of France in 1940p. 85
Edouard Daladier: The Conduct of the War and the Beginnings of Defeatp. 100
The Missed Opportunity: French Refugee Policy in Wartime, 1939-1940p. 126
Prelude to Defeat: Franco-Soviet Relations, 1919-1939p. 171
France and the Illusion of American Support, 1919-1940p. 204
In the Eye of the Beholder: The Cultural Representation of France and Germany by The New York Times, 1939-1940p. 245
Reflections on France, Britain and the Winter War Prodrome, 1939-1940p. 269
"Fighting to the Last Frenchman"? Reflections on the BEF Deployment to France and the Strains in the Franco-British Alliance, 1939-1940p. 296
French Defeat in 1940 and its reversal in 1944-1945: The Deuxieme Division Blindeep. 327
The Trauma of 1940: A Disaster and its Tracesp. 354
Contributorsp. 371
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ISBN: 9781571812261
ISBN-10: 1571812261
Series: Berghahn Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st January 2001
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Type: New edition

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