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Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare: Liberators: The Allies and Belgian Society, 1944-1945 Series Number 31 (Hardback)
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Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare: Liberators: The Allies and Belgian Society, 1944-1945 Series Number 31 (Hardback)

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Hardback 358 Pages / Published: 25/06/2009
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In the autumn of 1944, Belgium was liberated at lightning speed. Yet Allied troops continued to dominate much of Belgian society until late 1945. Peter Schrijvers' revisionist account reveals that during that time, strong currents of discontent began to build beneath the waves of gratitude and admiration. Chronic shortages of food and coal, rampant venereal disease, and deteriorating discipline led the Belgian population to lament 'from the liberators, oh Lord, liberate us'. Despite all this, however, the countries and cultures that the Anglo-American troops represented still exerted substantial attraction and influence, causing them to have a lingering impact on Belgian society in ways that would set the tone for the remainder of the turbulent twentieth century. Using newly discovered material from the Belgian state security archives as well as testimonies of the liberated, this book vividly reconstructs the largely unknown history of Belgium's liberation era.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521514828
Number of pages: 358
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a different and revealing view ... an important key to a better understanding of postwar Belgium.' La Libre Belgique
'As powerful as it is nuanced.' De Morgen
'Schrijvers brings to life the sights, sounds, and in particular the smells and tastes of the past ... an excellent book.' The Times Literary Supplement
'A riveting and important book.' American Historical Review
'A pioneering work.' Vingtieme Siecle
'Highly recommended.' Military Review
'Enjoyable reading. A perspective rarely seen.' The International History Review
"Stimulating. An excellent book." -Times Literary Supplement
"Recommended." -Choice
"A pioneering work." -Vingtieme Siecle
"Highly recommended." -Military Review
"...highly recommended for general readers as an important and little understood aspect of the end of the war in Europe." -Hal Elliott Wert, Military Review
"This riveting and important book makes remarkable use of the rich collections..." -Sophie De Schaepdrijver, American Historical Review
"...this is a valuable, deeply researched study, one that students of the Second World War should welcome." -William I. Hitcock, The Journal of Modern History

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