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France in 1938

Author: Benjamin F Martin
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At the beginning of 1938, containment of Nazi Germany by a coalition of eastern and western democracies without resorting to war was still a distant possibility. By the end of 1938, however, Germany was much stronger, the western democracies stood alone, and war was all but certain. The primary cause for these developments, argues Benjamin F. Martin, was the foreign and domestic policies adopted by the French  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin F Martin
ISBN: 0807130508 9780807130506
OCLC Number: 56590651
Description: x, 252 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Benjamin F. Martin.
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"At the beginning of 1938, containment of Nazi Germany by a coalition of eastern and western democracies without resorting to war was still a distant possibility. By the end of 1938, however, Germany was much stronger, the western democracies stood alone, and war was all but certain. The primary cause for these developments, argues Benjamin F. Martin, was the foreign and domestic policies adopted by the French government and embraced by the French people. In an account of the dark days leading up to France's defeat and occupation, Martin reveals a great and civilized nation committing a kind of suicide in 1938." "Using movies, novels, newspapers, and sensational court cases, Martin weaves a tale of France's collective fear and melancholy during this troubled pre-war period. He counts the "small change" of history - those seemingly unimportant incidents that together compose daily life - by chronicling the four seasons of 1938, both day-to-day events and the major topics of the time. When the relative calm in the first quarter ends with Germany's invasion of Austria, France is faced with hard questions about its diplomatic and military posture, and the leftist political alliance called the Popular Front makes its last stand. In the second quarter, a sense of doom begins to spread, reflected in the year's films noir, such as Marcel Carne's The Port of Shadows. France and Britain capitulate to Hitler at the Munich conference in September, described by Jean-Paul Sartre in his novel The Reprieve. During the autumn, the government aggressively confronts Fascist Italy and labor militancy, thereby retrieving, on the cheap, a sense of dignity. Martin concludes by looking back on the cost of decisions made in 1938 from the perspective of 1940." "Benjamin F. Martin is a professor of history at Louisiana State University."--BOOK JACKET.

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