Vichy: Political Dilemma

Vichy: Political Dilemma

Vichy: Political Dilemma

Vichy: Political Dilemma

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The astute reader will want to know at the outset what were the circumstances that induced the author to undertake this study of the Vichy regime. At the time of the events which provide the substance of this book, the author followed the news of France appearing in the newspaper press with the same general interest as other Americans and with a more particular concern arising out of his vocation as a student and teacher specializing in the history of modern France. He had no other, more personal, involvement in what was transpiring in France. At that time and for some years afterward, moreover, his studies in the history of France centered in the period between the Revolution of 1789 and the First World War, so that his interest in the current news of France was no different from that of others in America who were concerned with the world-wide problems of public affairs in our time.

In the fall of 1950 the author was invited to spend a semester in research at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. During these months he took part in a seminar, under the chairmanship of the late Professor Edward Meade Earle, dealing with problems of France since 1918. In this seminar also participated a number of other American, British, and French scholars concerned with modern France.

In the course of the discussions in this seminar, the author came to the conviction that it would be worthwhile to reexamine the experience of France under the German occupation, to discover what new light this might throw on both the history of France in the period 1918-1939 and on the course of affairs since 1944. At the conclusion of . . .

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