France and the Second World War: Occupation, Collaboration, and Resistance

France and the Second World War: Occupation, Collaboration, and Resistance

France and the Second World War: Occupation, Collaboration, and Resistance

France and the Second World War: Occupation, Collaboration, and Resistance

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France and the Second World War is a concise introduction to a crucial and controversial period of French history - world war and occupation. During World War Two, France had the dramatic experience of occupation by the Germans and the legacy of this traumatic time has lived on until today, to the enduring fascination of historians and students. France and the Second World War provides a fresh and balanced insight into the events of this era of conflict, exploring the key themes of:* Occupation as a social, economic and political phenomenon* the Vichy regime and the politics of collaboration* the 'resistance', resistors and its ideology* the liberation* the legacy of the wartime period.

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I would like to thank the following people: Heather McCallum, Luciana O'Flaherty and Gillian Oliver at Routledge for their enthusiasm and support, and Bill Roberts and Derek Lynch at the University of Huddersfield for their extremely helpful comments on specific chapters.

I also wish to offer my sincere thanks to the University of Huddersfield-for its financial help; and to all the historians I have quoted and referred to-for their provocative and fascinating insights into the subject of occupied France.

And, finally, I would like to acknowledge the commitment and enthusiasm of all the undergraduate students at the University of Huddersfield who have taken my module on wartime France and who have enthused me so much.

Peter Davies

Huddersfield, February 2000

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