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Vichy France : Old Guard and New Order - Robert Paxton

Vichy France

Old Guard and New Order

Paperback Published: 1st June 2001
ISBN: 9780231124690
Number Of Pages: 438
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Robert O. Paxton's classic study of the aftermath of France's sudden collapse under Nazi invasion utilizes captured German archives and other contemporary materials to construct a strong and disturbing account of the Vichy period in France. With a new introduction and updated bibliography, "Vichy France" demonstrates that the collaborationist government of Marshal PA(c)tain did far more than merely react to German pressures. The Vichy leaders actively pursued their own double agenda -- internally, the authoritarian and racist "national revolution," and, externally, an attempt to persuade Hitler to accept this new France as a partner in his new Europe.

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Tells us as much of the truth about Vichy as we are likely to have for a long time... Paxton answers all the basic questions... in an even tone, with a vigorous style, allowing the devastating documents... to speak for themselves. New York Times Book Review

Introduction to the 2001 Edition
Introduction to the Morningside Edition (1982)
Prologue: Summer 1940p. 3
The French Quest for Collaboration, 1940-1942p. 51
Pierre Laval and the Paris Connectionp. 63
The "New Policy," September-December 1940p. 69
The Meaning of December 13p. 92
The Cold Shoulder: Flandin and Darlanp. 101
Darlan's Grand Designp. 109
Darlan's Fall and Laval's Return: April 1942p. 131
The National Revolutionp. 136
Competing Visionsp. 139
An Answer to Decadencep. 146
Moral Order: The Churchp. 148
Moral Order: Education and the Youngp. 153
Moral Order: The Familyp. 165
France for the Frenchp. 168
The State: Liberty and Authorityp. 185
Return to the Soilp. 200
Escape from Class and Competition: Corporatism in Powerp. 210
From Persuasion to Constraint: The Emerging Police Statep. 221
The National Revolution and Fascismp. 228
The Collaboratorsp. 234
Ins, Outs, and Notablesp. 241
The French Civil War: 1934-37p. 243
The Revenge of the Minoritiesp. 249
Expertsp. 259
Traditionalistsp. 268
The Left at Vichyp. 273
Collaboration - 1942-44: Between Liberation and Revolutionp. 280
Threats to the Social Order - 1: Resistancep. 291
Threats to the Social Order - 2: Second Frontp. 299
Last French Bids for Collaboration: 1942-43p. 309
1944: The Dream of Peaceful Transition, the Nightmare of Civil Warp. 326
A Balance Sheet: The Legacy of Vichyp. 330
Breaks and Continuitiesp. 330
Vichy and French Societyp. 352
Was Vichy a Lesser Evil?p. 357
Profits and Lossesp. 374
A Moral Balance Sheetp. 380
The War Question of January 1942p. 387
Glossary of French and German Abbreviationsp. 391
Bibliographical Notep. 392
Indexp. 417
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780231124690
ISBN-10: 0231124694
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 1st June 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised