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