In Search of the Maquis : Rural Resistance in Southern France 1942-1944

Rural Resistance in Southern France 1942-1944


Author: H. R. Kedward

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 0191591785

Category: France, Southern

Page: 358

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This is a study of the Maquis in southern France, the Resisters who took to the woods and hills in the struggle against the German Occupation in the Second World War. H. R. Kedward's detailed and perceptive account explores what participation in the Maquis meant for those involved both at the time and subsequently. He examines the motivations of the maquisards and how the circumstances of occupation and resistance affected the ways of life of rural communities in the south of France. This is a rich and original book, which achieves a fruitful integration of extensive archival research and oral history. Professor Kedward's scholarly and readable history allows the voices of individuals to be heard, and offers us important insights into the nature of community and regional tradition. From the many fascinating case-studies, fully supplemented by detailed maps, emerge a sense of place, a clearer understanding of the maquisard, and an unsentimental assessment of the place of the Maquis in French history. -

German Soldiers and the Occupation of France, 1940–1944


Author: Julia S. Torrie

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108685846

Category: History

Page: N.A

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From 1940 to 1944, German soldiers not only fought in and ruled over France, but also lived their lives there. While the combat experiences of German soldiers are relatively well-documented, as are the everyday lives of the occupied French population, we know much less about occupiers' daily activities beyond combat, especially when it comes to men who were not top-level administrators. Using letters, photographs, and tour guides, alongside official sources, Julia S. Torrie reveals how ground-level occupiers understood their role, and how their needs and desires shaped policy and practices. At the same time as soldiers were told to dominate and control France, they were also encouraged to sight-see, to photograph and to 'consume' the country, leading to a familiarity that limited violence rather than inciting it. The lives of these ordinary soldiers offer new insights into the occupation of France, the history of Nazism and the Second World War.

Operation Dragoon: The Allied Liberation of the South of France: 1944


Author: Robin Cross

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1643131028

Category: History

Page: 400

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A dramatic and expertly rendered narrative of the Allied liberation of the South of France during Operation Dragoon in 1944. Operation Dragoon is the story of the Allied invasion of the South of France on August 15, 1944. It was, in effect, the second D-Day, launched two months after “Overlord,” the Allied invasion of Normandy. As such, it has often been overshadowed by its predecessor, but it significance cannot be underestimated. “Dragoon” was a largely American-French operation in which the British, who had argued for action in northern Italy, played a smaller role. After nearly five years of conflict, British war stamina had been severely sapped. In contrast, the French, who had been excluded from the overall planning of D-Day, played an important role in Dragoon, supplying the majority of the ground troops in a campaign which began on the beaches of the Riviera and ended in the cool, clear air of the Alpes Maritimes, the sacred ground of France. Operation Dragoon provides for the first time a complete overview of the liberation of the South of France—from strategic decisions made from the Allied and German high commands to the intelligence war waged by Allied code-breakers; from the German defeat of French resistance forces on the Vergers to the exploits of individual OSS agents on the ground as they strove to keep pace with a fast-moving battlefield. This is the story of the Allies inflicting on the Germany Army a Blitzkrieg-style defeat, expunging the lingering memories of the catastrophe of 1940.

Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance


Author: J.E. Smyth

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1617039640

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 317

View: 7434

A compelling history of the director's films of war and resistance

Images de la France de Vichy


Author: Denis Peschanski

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc


Category: History

Page: 257

View: 7435

Three hundred black-and-white photographs and little-known documents--including posters, newspaper articles, and leaflets--accompany a vivid, close-up look at life in France during the German occupation during World War II, along with commentaries from eight distinguished French historians. History Bk Club.

The Second World War: The home fronts


Author: Jeremy Black

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780754626435

Category: History

Page: 477

View: 8847

World War II defined the 20th century and shaped the contemporary world; from the decolonization of Africa to the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. This work offers an overview of this complex and volatile era, taking into account the political, economic and social factors, as well as military circumstances of the road to war and its consequences.

The test of courage

a biography of Michel Thomas


Author: Christopher Robbins

Publisher: Random House (UK)


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 402

View: 7845

France and the French

A Modern History


Author: Harry Roderick Kedward

Publisher: Overlook Books

ISBN: 9781585677337

Category: History

Page: 740

View: 6459

A carefully researched narrative portrait of modern France documents the impact of historical events from the past century while analyzing such factors as the country's politics, its workplaces, and the roles of women. By the author of In Search of the Maquis.

Gertrude Stein and the essence of what happens


Author: Dana Cairns Watson

Publisher: Vanderbilt Univ Pr


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 258

View: 449

In this provocative study, Dana Cairns Watson traces Gertrude Stein's growing fascination with the cognitive and political ramifications of conversation and how that interest influenced her writing over the course of her career. No book in recent decades has illuminated so many of Stein's works so extensivelyfrom the early fiction ofThe Making of Americansto the poetry ofTender Buttonsto her opera librettoThe Mother of Us All.Seeking to sustain Stein's lively, pleasant, populist spirit, Watson shows how the writer's playful entanglement of sight and soundof silent reading and social speakingreveals the crucial ambiguity by which reading and conversation build communities of meaning, and thus form not only personal relationships but also our very selves and the larger political structures we inhabit. Stein reminds us that the residual properties of words and the implications behind the give-and-take of ordinary conversation offer alternatives to linear structures of social order, alternatives especially precious in times of political oppression. For example, her novels Mrs. Reynolds and Brewsie and Willie, both written in embattled Vichy France, contemplate the speech patterns of totalitarian leaders and the ways in which everyday discourse might capitulate toor resistsuch verbal tyranny.Like recent theorists, Stein recognized the repressiveness of conventional ordercarried in language and thus in thought and social organizationbut as Cairns Watson persuasively shows, she also insisted that the free will of individuals can persist in language and enable change. In the play of literary aesthetics, Stein saw a liberating force.

Behind enemy lines

gender, passing and the Special Operations Executive in the Second World War


Author: Juliette Pattinson

Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr


Category: Political Science

Page: 236

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Behind Enemy Lines is an examination of gender relations in wartime using the Special Operations Executive as a case study. Drawing on personal testimonies, official records, and film, it explores the extraordinary experiences of male and female agents who were recruited and trained by a British organization and infiltrated Nazi-Occupied France to encourage sabotage and subversion during the Second World War. It examines how ordinary, law-abiding civilians were transformed into paramilitary secret agents equipped with silent killing techniques and trained in unarmed combat. This examination of the agents of an officially sponsored insurgent organization makes a major contribution to British socio-cultural history, war studies, and gender studies. It will appeal to both the general reader as well as to those in the academic community.

The expectation of justice

France, 1944-1946


Author: Megan Koreman

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


Category: History

Page: 340

View: 2979

A study of France immediately following liberation from German rule that explores the difficulties of adjusting to peace and the conflicting views about administering justice.

Petain Profiles in Power Series


Author: Nicholas Atkin

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780582070363

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 238

View: 977

As a politician between the two World Wars, Petain became a key figure in French military policy and, after the fall of France, he became head of the collaborationist Vichy Government and was sentenced to death for treason at the end of the war. This is a reassessment of Petain, which not only explores his complex personality, but also throws light on the role of the army in French politics, the character of the French right, the political make-up of the Vichy regime and the very nature of resistance, patriotism and collaboration.

Printed Matters

Printing, Publishing and Urban Culture in Europe in the Modern Period


Author: Malcolm Gee,Tim Kirk

Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780754602798

Category: History

Page: 209

View: 6189

This collection of essays looks at how the urban environment was fundamental to the development of printing, and how in turn, towns and cities used print culture to spread urban ideas and values to society at large. It sets out to demonstrate the centrality of printing and publishing to the understanding of urban culture, and in so doing engages with a number of recurrent historical issues, such as the role of printing in urban economies, the construction of metropolitan identities and the testing of moral boundaries.

War, Exile, Justice, and Everyday Life, 1936-1946


Author: Sandra Ott

Publisher: Center for Basque Studies UV of Nevada, Reno


Category: Basques

Page: 408

View: 9942

"Collection of essays primarily by historians of the Basque Country, France, Spain, and Germany on the themes of war, exile, justice, and everyday life, 1936-1946"--Provided by publisher.

German Anti-partisan Warfare in Europe, 1939-1945


Author: Colin D. Heaton

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing


Category: History

Page: 444

View: 7760

The German invasion, conquest, and occupation of Europe sparked a civilian insurgency response never before witnessed in history. Understanding Germany's military and political failure is crucial in today's world, where unwelcome occupation forces, often in the guise of peace keepers, as well as invaders, attempt to maintain order in a world gone mad. This new book uses exclusive interviews with German and Allied soldiers and commanders as well as civilian irregulars who participated in irregular warfare, either as partisans or guerrillas during World War II. These interviews prove pivotal in supporting the records of both sides, separating fact from fiction, and finally determining the actual causation of political, nationalist, or even personal actions that destroyed a continent.

Forthcoming Books


Author: R.R. Bowker Company. Department of Bibliography

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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French Forum


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: French literature

Page: N.A

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British Book News


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Best books

Page: N.A

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Includes no. 53a: British wartime books for young people.