Verdict on Vichy: Power and Prejudice in the Vichy France Regime

Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., 6 jun. 2003 - 456 páginas
“A comprehensive, nuanced but morally uncompromising look at France’s darkest hour” (Publishers Weekly).
This masterful book is the first comprehensive reappraisal of the Vichy France regime for over twenty years. France was occupied by Nazi Germany between 1940 and 1944, and the exact nature of France’s role in the Vichy years is only now beginning to come to light. A main reason its history has been difficult to uncover is due to some of France’s most prominent politicians, including longtime president François Mitterrand, who were implicated in the regime. This means that public access to key documents has been repeatedly denied, and only now an objective analysis is possible.
The fate of France as an occupied country could easily have been shared by Britain, and it is this background element that enhances our fascination with Vichy France. How would we have acted under similar circumstances? The divisions and repercussions of the Vichy years still resonate in the country today, and whether you view the regime as a fascist dictatorship, an authoritarian offshoot of the Third Reich or an embodiment of heightened French nationalism, Michael Curtis’s rounded, incisive book will be seen as the standard work on its subject for many years.
“An outstanding . . . unavoidably controversial book.” —The Daily Telegraph

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Verdict on Vichy: power and prejudice in the Vichy France regime

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Drancy. Vel d'Hiv. Petain. These are just a few words that evoke one of the darkest times in France's history: the Vichy government of 1940-44. Curtis (political science, Rutgers Univ.) has written a ... Leer reseña completa

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List of Illustrations Preface List of Abbreviations Maps Introduction
The Jews of France
AntiSemitism in France
the French State
The new antiSemitic legal system
From definition to detention
The Aryanisation process
Detention by Vichy
Between the devil and the deep blue
The judgements of Paris
Servants of the state and the
The Churches and antiSemitism Conclusion
Fate of some of the collaborators
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Michael Curtis is a distinguished professor emeritus of political science at Rutgers University. He is highly regarded as an expert in several fields—political theory, comparative government, European politics, and the Middle East. He is the author of more than thirty books, and for many years he was the president of American Professors for Peace in the Middle East and editor of the Middle East Review. Born in London and educated at the London School of Economics, Professor Curtis has taught at Yale University, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and University of Bologna, in addition to his years at Rutgers. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, is married, and has two sons and six grandchildren.

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