During 1940-1944, the citizens of France and its Empire endured the 'dark years' of invasion, persecution and foreign occupation. Thousands of men, women and children suffered arrest, deportation and death as the French Vichy regime worked to secure a place for France in Hitler's New Order. France in the Second World War is a wide-ranging yet succinct introduction to the French experience of the Second World War and its aftermath. It examines the fall of France in 1940 and the founding of the Vichy regime, as well as collaboration, resistance, everyday life, the Holocaust, the Liberation and the echoes of the period in contemporary France.
Chris Millington addresses the chief topics in chapters that synthesizes the key points of the history and the historiography. The French Empire is carefully integrated throughout, illustrating the global impact of events on mainland France. In addition, Millington provides a helpful glossary of terms, personalities and movements from the period and an annotated bibliography of English-language sources to guide students to the most relevant works in the area.
France in the Second World War provides a comprehensive introduction to the history and historiography of France and its Empire during their darkest hours.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
France in the Second World War is an accessible and engaging history of France during World War II. Notably, Millington integrates an analysis of France's colonial territories as well as mainland France to provide important insights into the global reach of events. This, alongside the detailed glossary and annotated bibliography, makes this book a valuable introduction to the period. * Hanna Diamond, Professor of French Historical Studies, Cardiff University, UK *
This book, elegantly written, offers a well-informed account of the complex history of France during the Second World War. Its excellent annotated bibliography will be of particular interest to students exploring one of the darkest pages of French history. * Manu Braganca, Lecturer of French Studies, University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland *