Politics, Society and Christianity in Vichy France

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Bibliographical Note

The bibliography on the Vichy period is prolific, so much so that it would be otiose to list all the volumes to which reference could be made in writing a history of politics and society in relation to Christianity in France from 1938-45. For the archives that were consulted the reader is referred to the Preface.

For the general history of France between 1938-45 the best overview is by J.-P. Azéma, De Munich à la Libération, 1938-1944, Paris, 1979. On the Vichy period R. O. Paxton Vichy France. Old Guard and New Order, 1940-1944, London, 1972, remains a seminal work. Recent outstanding collective works include J.-P. Azéma and F. Bédarida (eds), Vichy et les Français, Paris, 1992, and J.-P. Azéma and F. Bédarida (eds), La France des années noires, 2 vols., Paris, 1993.

On the part played by Christians--mainly Catholics--during the period the sole work to date that gives a general overview is: J. Duquesne , Les Catholiques français pendant l'Occupation, Paris, 1966, slightly revised edition, 1986. On the other hand, there are a number of volumes, extremely rich in material, reporting the proceedings of various colloquia, to which both historians and eyewitnesses contributed. The confrontation between the two protagonists was of singular importance. Details are as follows:

X. de Montclos et al.,(eds), Eglises et chrétiens dans la IIe Guerre mondiale. La région Rhône-Alpes. (Colloque de Grenoble), Lyon, 1978

[Sous la direction de] Y.-M. Hilaire, Revue du Nord, Lille, nos. 237 and 238, April-June, and July-September 1978. (Report of: Colloque de Lille, relating to northern France)

X. de Montclos et al., (eds), Eglises et chrétiens dans la IIe Guerre mondiale. La France. (Colloque de Lyon), Lyon, 1982

P. Bolle and J. Godel, (eds), Spiritualité, théologie et résistance. Yves de Montcheuil, théologien au maquis du Vercors.(Colloque de Biviers), Grenoble, 1987

For a significant study of one comparatively small locality, relating almost exclusively to Protestants, the reader is referred to:

P. Bolle (ed.), Le Plateau Vivarais-Lignon. Accueil et Résistance 1939-1944, (Colloque du Chambon-sur-Lignon), Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, 1992

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Table of contents

  • Berg French Studies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • List of Abbreviations x
  • Part I - Christianity in Crisis 1
  • 1 - Introductory 3
  • Notes 13
  • 2 - Christians and Pre-War Politics 15
  • Notes 28
  • 3 - Prelude to Vichy 31
  • Notes 40
  • Part II - Aspirations, Realisations and Disappointments 43
  • 4 - The Man of Destiny 45
  • Notes 65
  • 5 - Christians in Disarray 69
  • Notes 84
  • 6 - The Church: New Laws 87
  • Notes 92
  • Part III - The Scapegoats 93
  • 7 - Christians and Jews--I 95
  • Notes 110
  • 8 - Christians and Jews--Ii 113
  • Notes 124
  • 9 - Christians and Jews: The Aftermath 127
  • Notes 144
  • Part IV - Friends and Foes 149
  • 10 - Christians and the Allies 151
  • Notes 162
  • 11 - Christians, Bombings and 'terrorism' 165
  • Notes 174
  • 12 - Christians and Germans 177
  • Notes 195
  • 13 - Christians and the Resistance 199
  • Notes 220
  • 14 - Vichy, the Church and the Vatican 223
  • Notes 236
  • Part V - The Church and Society 239
  • 15 - The Church and Economic and Social Affairs 241
  • Notes 265
  • 16 - Youth Policy and the Church 269
  • Notes 284
  • 17 - Youth Movements 287
  • Notes 307
  • 18 - Christians and Deportation to Germany 311
  • Notes 334
  • Part VI - Settling the Accounts 339
  • 19 - Christians and the Collaborationists 341
  • Notes 356
  • 20 - 'Epuration' and the Higher Clergy 361
  • Notes 379
  • 21 - Concluding Remarks 383
  • Notes 388
  • Appendix I Before the War: L'Aube and the Catholic Intellectual Press 389
  • Notes 391
  • Appendix II Bishops and Archbishops by Province 393
  • Bibliographical Note 397
  • Select Bibliography 399
  • Index 405
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