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Rock Of Contention: Free French And Americans At War In New Caledonia, 1940-1945 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1571816825
ISBN-10: 1571816828
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"This book is an excellent review of the history of New Caledonia during the war years and explains much about the current relationship between the United States and France."  · Books-online

"The rigorous archival depth and scholarship of the book allows every twist and turn to be detailed down to the hour, and peopled by an array of characters whose self-belief and delusions would make a fictional tale appear absurdly unrealistic...the book provides ingredients essential for understanding the international history of the following forty years, at least."  · American Historical Review

"This book makes distinct contributions to the existing literature on French-American relations ... but it is also interesting in its own right."  · Irwin Wall, University of California/Irvine

 

"This is a sharply drawn, deftly written, straight-laced exposure of the perceptions and biases that generated a lasting international ill will, with repercussions up to the present day."  · Wisconsin Bookwatch

"This book deserves wider attention that just among historians of the South Pacific or of the American military... Each colony shows a microcosm of Franco-French disputes, of uncongenial relations between the Allies and of the inevitable confrontation between the French and the "natives" whose lives, in different ways around the imperial globe, changed because of the war. Munholland's excellent study explores these issues, and also provides essential background to the post-war future of the French forced retreat from empire and its difficult engagement with its American ally."  · H-Net France

"...a clear, authoritative narrative...book that is at once wide-ranging and detailed - and welcome."  · International History Review

About the Author

Kim Munholland received his Ph. D. from Princeton University and, since 1963, has been a member of the history faculty at the University of Minnesota where he has taught Modern European and French History.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books; 1 edition (April 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571816828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571816825
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,064,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Modern European and French History professor Kim Munholland presents Rock Of Contention: Free French And Americans At War In New Caledonia, 1940-1945, a close scrutiny of why Franco-American relations soured and broke into bitter disputes during World War II - a time when the threat of the axis powers should have provided a unifying common enemy. Focusing on the South Pacific colony of New Caledonia as the most incendiary cause of acrimony, Rock Of Contention demonstrates the presence of suspicion, fear, and even paranoia that colored Free French policy toward the Americans present at virtually every phase. This is a sharply drawn, deftly written, straight-laced exposure of the perceptions and biases that generated a lasting international ill will, with repercussions up to the present day.
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Thoroughly researched and well written World War II history explaining the relationship between the Free French and America. Also explains the labor unrest that occurred in New Caledonia during and after the war. Clearly explains the different world views of the main participants: De Gaulle, FDR, and Harry Truman. Provides a unique perspective to an American like me regarding the cultural influence American troops can have on other nations.
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