Occupied France : Collaboration and Resistance, 1940-44, Paperback

Occupied France : Collaboration and Resistance, 1940-44 Paperback

Part of the Historical Association Studies series

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This concise history of France from the occupation in 1940 to liberation in 1944 focuses on the struggle between those who favoured collaboration with the occupying Germans and those who opted to resist. Roderick Kedward shows how ordinary people experienced the occupation; he examines the politics and ideology of the Victory regime, and he discusses the many different forms of resistance launched from inside and outside France.

He particularly emphasizes the changing nature of both collaboration and resistance as the pressure of the occupatoin intensified, and asks whether France was involved in a civil war by 1944.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, 0
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780631139270



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In 80 pages, Kedward manages to explain how the French in urban and rural areas reacted to the German occupation of their country in 1940-45. He explains how the Vichy governemnt came about, how Marshall Petain became its leader and how the Resistance was organized. He also covers the rise of General de Gaulle and how the British & American authorities may have missed opportunities to accept French assistance at various phases of the conflict. While a concise, dense tract, it is very readable.

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