- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Thistle Publishing (May 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786080028
- ISBN-13: 978-1786080028
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Occupation: The Ordeal of France 1940-1944 Paperback – May 31, 2017
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"A brilliantly written book, the first history - social and cultural as well as political and military - of the Occupation to be published in English for the general reader."
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"The first such study in English... long-overdue, informed, sensitive, balanced and insightful... Ousby carefully delineates the causes and consequences... seeking neither to blame nor praise but, in the best traditions of biography - and this is virtually a political biography of a nation in trauma - seeking to understand... A work of judicious empathy and calm, persuasive moral authority. We who were not there should be grateful."
"A compelling account... His book is a valuable distillation culled from the vast amount of literature on the subject available in French, and it provides a wealth of intriguing detail about daily life and contemporary attitudes."
"He has a gift for evoking concretely how life was lived and how the world looked... A reliable and moving evocation of the dilemmas of ordinary life during France's most unendurable years."
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Julien Jackson is a historian. Try his "France: The Dark Years."
Probably most damaging is his view of DeGaulle as spokesman for all "the French," in a grand gesture of conciliation that ultimately mocked both the sacrifices of the Resistance and the opportunism of the "collabos." The current US scorn of France as a nation of "surrender monkeys" turns DeGaulle's attempt on its head, reopening these wounds. The surrender of 1940 belies such shallowness: was half a loaf not better than no bread at all and no roof under which to eat it? Germany compromised as well, in treating the French as a "civilized enemy," as opposed to Poland or Russia.
Yet the French Resistance also defies the American prejudice. Jean Moulin would have regarded such opinionated Americans as no better than Nazi collaborators, seeming to justify German rule over a nation of bon vivants dancing on their own graves. If the Anglo-American allies supplied the real muscle power of liberation, its spirit remained French. Yet the Occupation years raise a specter that America has never faced outside of the Southern states after its own civil war. Robert E. Lee was no "surrender monkey"; the Ku Klux Klan has not survived as a heroic resistance.