France by Julian Jackson
The Dark Years, 1940-1944 (Modern World)

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The French call them 'the Dark Years'...

This definitive new history of Occupied France explores the myths and realities of four of the most divisive years in French history.

Taking in ordinary people's experiences of defeat, collaboration, resistance, and liberation, it uncovers the conflicting memories of occupation which ensure that even today France continues to debate the legacy of the Vichy years.
 

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Julian Jackson is a Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea.
 
Published April 26, 2001 by OUP Oxford. 690 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Jackson quotes, for example, a letter from infantry sergeant (and future president) François Mitterand, who wrote to friends from the front line, “What would really annoy me is dying for values in which I do not believe.” Die many thousands of French soldiers did, though, and France fell.

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He tracks French attempts to halt the German onslaught and the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, leading to the June 1940 surrender, then cuts back to analyze French internal politics during the 1930s and its effect on French foreign policy.

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It has been a generation since the last general history of occupied France, and during that time, scholars have done much research on which Jackson draws.

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London Review of Books

On 18 June, the day after Pétain announced his decision to seek an armistice that would oblige French officials to co-operate with the Wehrmacht, de Gaulle addressed the French nation via the BBC: J’invite tous les militaires français des armées de terre, de mer et de l’air, j’invite les ingénieu...

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Its author, Ernest Lavisse (1842-1922), one of the luminaries of that Republic, was also the editor of an 18-volume collective history of France which was later much derided by the Annales school as the worst kind of positivist and exclusively political history.

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It is in the second section that Jackson offers detailed and convincing analysis of the role played by Baudry and Arcadie, opting, in Chapter 3, not 'to judge Arcadie's ethical and political values', but 'to analyze Arcadie's vision of the world and to explicate the logic that underlay it' (p.

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A little later Jackson concedes that the function of French officials was to serve as mediators between the German authorities and the French people, protecting French sovereignty and French resources as far as possible.

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