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Vinen, Richard

Overview
Works: 28 works in 173 publications in 5 languages and 5,781 library holdings
Genres: History  Detective and mystery fiction  Fiction  Military history  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PQ2637.I53, 843.912
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Richard Vinen
Bourgeois politics in France, 1945-1951 by Richard Vinen( )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is the first general study of politics and society in the Fourth Republic to be founded on extensive primary research. It approaches the period in terms of successful conservatism rather than thwarted reform, maintaining that conservatism in France was a more subtle and dynamic force than has preciously been appreciated. Not the preserve of any single party, conservative ideas were often defended by institutions outside the realm of explicit politics altogether, such as business associations, civil service departments and the law courts. It is proposed that conservatives did not simply return to French politics in 1945 untouched by the events of the previous five years. The experiences of Vichy, the occupation and the purges produced new kinds of political synthesis, making conservatives more receptive to change than their 'progressive' opponents
The unfree French : life under the occupation by Richard Vinen( Book )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The swift and unexpected defeat of the French Army in 1940 shocked the nation. Two million soldiers were taken prisoner, six million civilians fled from the German army's advance to join convoys of confused and terrified refugees, and only a few managed to escape the country. The vast majority of French people were condemned to years of subjugation under Nazi and Vichy rule. This compelling book investigates the impact of the occupation on the people of France and dispels any lingering notion that somehow, under the collaborating government of Marshal P̌tain, life was quite tolerable for most French citizens. Richard Vinen describes the inescapable fear and the moral quandaries that permeated life in German-controlled France. Focusing on the experiences of the least privileged, he shows how chronic shortages, desperate compromises, fear of displacement, racism, and sadistic violence defined their lives. Virtually all adult males festered in POW camps or were sent to work in the Reich. With numerous enthralling anecdotes and a variety of maps and evocative photographs, The Unfree French makes it possible for the first time to understand how average people in France really lived from 1940 to 1945, why their experiences differed from region to region and among various groups, and why they made the choices they did during the occupation
A history in fragments : Europe in the twentieth century by Richard Vinen( Book )

35 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The problem with the history of twentieth-century Europe is that we all think we know it. The great stories of the century--the two world wars, the rise and fall of Nazism and Communism--are self-evident in their importance. But behind the politics and the ideologies lies another history: the history of forces that shaped the lives of individual Europeans ... and the lives of men and women around the world. (Americans need only think of the way that the history of Europe has shaped the flow of immigrants to the U.S. and thereby altered the nation's history.)" "Richard Vinen contends that there is no single history that encompasses the experience of the century, but rather a multiplicity of different, interlocking histories--stories not only of politics and military movements, but also of culture, religion, sex, and demographics, related here with an unmatched eye for the telling detail and spiced with memorable anecdotes."--Jacket
1968 : radical protest and its enemies by Richard Vinen( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"1968 saw an extraordinary range of protests across much of the Western world. Some of these were genuinely revolutionary--around ten million French workers went on strike and the whole state teetered on the brink of collapse. Others were more easily contained but had profound, longer-term implications: terrorist groups, feminist collectives, and gay rights activists can all trace important roots to 1968. Bill Clinton and even Tony Blair are, in many ways, products of that year. 1968 is a striking and original attempt, half a century later, to show how these events, from anti-war marches in the United States to revolts against Soviet oppression in Eastern Europe--which in some respects still seem so current--stemmed from histories and societies that are in practice now extraordinarily remote from our own time. Richard Vinen pursues the story into the 1970s to show both the ever more violent forms of radicalization that arose from 1968 and the brutal reactions from those in power that brought the era to an end."--Dust jacket
The politics of French business : 1936-1945 by Richard Vinen( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has long been assumed that large-scale industry was one of the pillars of support for the Vichy regime which ruled France - under the German aegis - from 1940 to 1944. In particular it has been assumed that business used Vichy to reverse the advantages that labour had secured after the election of the Popular Front government in 1936. Richard Vinen argues that this assumption is false. He suggests that large-scale industry, mostly based in northern France, was geographically and psychologically isolated from the preoccupations of a government which was based in the south. Furthermore, business soon became aware of the probability of an allied victory and was consequently eager to distance itself from a government that it saw as doomed. Most important of all, the Popular Front legislation of 1936 had already been undermined by the rearmament programme that preceded the fall of France in 1940
France, 1934-1970 by Richard Vinen( Book )

13 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thatcher's Britain : the politics and social upheaval of the Thatcher era by Richard Vinen( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fascinating, colourful account of the Thatcher decade from the acclaimed modern historian, Richard Vinen
National service : conscription in Britain, 1945-1963 by Richard Vinen( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Richard Vinen's new book is a serious - if often very entertaining - attempt to get to grips with the reality of National Service, an extraordinary institution which now seems as remote as the British Empire itself. With great sympathy and curiosity, Vinen unpicks the myths of the two 'gap years', which all British men who came of age between 1945 and the early 1960s had to fill with National Service. Millions of teenagers were thrown together and under often brutal conditions taught to obey orders and to fight. The luck of the draw might result in two years of boredom in some dilapidated British barracks, but it could also mean being thrown into a dangerous combat mission in a remote part of the world. By any measure National Service had a huge impact on the nature of British society, and yet it has been remarkably little written about. As the military's needs wound down and Britain ceased to be a great power, National Service came to be seen as just an embarrassment, and its culture of rank and discipline something which many British people were by the 1960s running away from. But without a proper understanding of National Service the story of post-war Britain barely makes sense. Richard Vinen provides that missing book. It will be fascinating to those who endured or even enjoyed their time in uniform, but also to anyone wishing to understand the unique nature of post-war Britain."--Publisher's information
National service : a generation in uniform 1945-1963 by Richard Vinen( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The long '68 : radical protest and its enemies by Richard Vinen( Book )

9 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and Spanish and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"1968 saw an extraordinary range of protests across much of the western world. Some of these were genuinely revolutionary--around ten million French workers went on strike and the whole state teetered on the brink of collapse. Others were more easily contained, but had profound longer-term implications. Terrorist groups, feminist collectives, gay rights activists could all trace important roots to 1968. Bill Clinton and even Tony Blair are, in many ways, the product of that year. The Long '68 is a striking and original attempt half a century on to show how these events--from anti-war marches in the United States to revolts against Soviet oppression in eastern Europe--which in some ways still seem so current, stemmed from histories and societies that are in practice now extraordinarily remote from our own time. The book pursues the story into the 1970s to show both the ever more violent forms of radicalization that stemmed from 1968, and the brutal reactions from those in power that brought the era to an end."--Dust jacket
Europe 1914-1945( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Versailles and its consequences - Russian Revolution of October 1917 - Mussolini - Weimar Republic - Hitler and Stalin - Spanish Civil War - Appeasement - Origins of World War 1939-1945
The politics and social upheaval of the Thatcher era by Richard Vinen( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fascinating, colourful account of the Thatcher decade from the acclaimed modern historian, Richard Vinen
Europe 1870-1914( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexander II - Tolstoy - Anarchism - Conflict in the Balkans - Kaiser Wilhelm II - Hapsburg monarchy - Examines movements towards both class war and world war in Europe at this time
Europe 1815-1870( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Legacy of French Revolution - Castlereagh's foreign policy - France 1814-48 - Alexander I - Failure of Risorgimento - Crimean War - Napoleon III
France, 1934-70 by Richard Vinen( Book )

3 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Europa en fragmentos : historia del viejo continente en el siglo XX by Richard Vinen( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in Spanish and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1968 : radical protest and its enemies by Richard Vinen( Recording )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A major new history of one of the seminal years in the postwar world, when rebellion and disaffection broke out on an extraordinary scale. The year 1968 saw an extraordinary range of protests across much of the western world. Some of these were genuinely revolutionary, around ten million French workers went on strike and the whole state teetered on the brink of collapse
Maigret and the yellow dog by Georges Simenon( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspector Jules Maigret investigates the murder of a prominent citizen of a little town on the coast of Brittany and, rather than make a quick arrest of a sad-eyed waitress who has seen too much, stays until justice is done
L'eredità di Margaret Thatcher( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in Italian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

20 shi ji Ouzhou she hui shi = A history in fragments: Europe in the twentieth century by Richard Vinen( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Chinese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Bourgeois politics in France, 1945-1951
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The unfree French : life under the occupationA history in fragments : Europe in the twentieth centuryThe politics of French business : 1936-1945France, 1934-1970Thatcher's Britain : the politics and social upheaval of the Thatcher eraThe politics and social upheaval of the Thatcher eraFrance, 1934-70Maigret and the yellow dog
Alternative Names
Vinen, Richard C.

Vinen, Richard Charles‏

Languages
English (147)

Spanish (6)

Italian (3)

Chinese (2)

Czech (1)