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Historians and the Occupation
1: The Shadow of War: Cultural Anxieties and Modern Nightmares
2: Rethinking the Republic 1890-1934
3: Class War/Civil War
4: The German Problem
5: The Daladier Moment: Prelude to Vichy or Republican Revival
6: The Debacle
The Regime: National Revolution and Collaboration
7: The National Revolution
8: Collaboration
9: Collaborationism
10: Laval in Power 1942-43
The Regime, the Germans, and Administration
11: Propaganda,Policing, and Administration
12: Public Opinion, Vichy, and the Germans
13: Intellectuals, Artists, and Entertainers
14: Reconstructing Mankind
15: Vichy and the Jews
The Resistance
16: The Free French 1940-1942
17: The Resistance 1940-1942
18: De Gaulle and the Resistance 1942
19: Power Struggles
20: Resistance in Society
21: The New France
Liberation and After
22: Towards Liberation: January to June 1944
23: Liberations
24: A New France?
25: Remembering the Occupation

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A major new book on the history of WWII

About the Author

Julian Jackson is a Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea.


Jackson devotes a significant part of his study to the period before 1940, and he is particularly strong on the importance of the intellectual climate in France in the 1930s; his discussion of the years of occupation is sufficiently detailed to do justice to varieties of both individual and collective experience, and to enhance our understanding of the choices made as a result of that experience. If, as will surely be the case, this book becomes the standard secondary work for undergraduate courses on France during the second world war, then we can look forward confidently to the way the period will be addressed by the historians of the future. Journal of Contemporary History Jackson's study is a monumental achievement and anybody who wants to get to grips with the period should start here. History Today Jackson has written an excellent book. Douglas Johnson, Times Literary Supplement Jackson has recounted a national anti-epic, and thereby placed himself in the front rank of historians. Daniel Johnson, The Sunday Telegraph This book bears impressive testimony to the depth of France's postwar conversation with itself about what it endured during the war. New York Times Review of Books This is a fascinating study marked by balance and insight. Contemporary Review There will probably never be a more thorough and detailed account of what happened to France and the French during the Nazi occupation between 1940 and 1944 ... By its end the reader has the clearest possible picture not just of those dark years, but of the forces at work in French society and politics in the years leading up to them, and of the aftermath once liberation was achieved ... This is a brilliant book, but for anyone cherishing ideals of French heroism, it will prove a painful one. Simon Heffer, Country Life Jackson traces the history of these shifting views and puts them into their postwar context with admirable patience and clarity. Ian Ousby, Weekend Financial Times

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