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Fighters in the shadows : a new history of the French resistance

Author: Robert Gildea
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harvard University press editionView all editions and formats
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"The French Resistance has an iconic status in the struggle to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe, but its story is entangled in myths. Gaining a true understanding of the Resistance means recognizing how its image has been carefully curated through a combination of French politics and pride, ever since jubilant crowds celebrated Paris's liberation in August 1944. Robert Gildea's penetrating history of resistance in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Gildea
ISBN: 9780674286108 0674286103
OCLC Number: 907204492
Description: xiv, 593 pages : 8 unnumbered leaves of plates, illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: remembering the French resistance --
Awakenings --
Faire quelque chose --
'Titi has been avenged!' --
London calling --
Une affaire de femmes --
In and out of the shadows --
God's underground --
The blood of others --
The hinge: North Africa --
Apogee --
Rupture --
Skyfall or guerrilla --
D-day --
Liberation --
Afterlives --
Conclusion: battle for the soul of the resistance.
Responsibility: Robert Gildea.
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"The French Resistance has an iconic status in the struggle to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe, but its story is entangled in myths. Gaining a true understanding of the Resistance means recognizing how its image has been carefully curated through a combination of French politics and pride, ever since jubilant crowds celebrated Paris's liberation in August 1944. Robert Gildea's penetrating history of resistance in France during World War II sweeps aside "the French Resistance" of a thousand clichés, showing that much more was at stake than freeing a single nation from Nazi tyranny. As Fighters in the Shadows makes clear, French resistance was part of a Europe-wide struggle against fascism, carried out by an extraordinarily diverse group: not only French men and women but Spanish Republicans, Italian anti-fascists, French and foreign Jews, British and American agents, and even German opponents of Hitler. In France, resistance skirted the edge of civil war between right and left, pitting non-communists who wanted to drive out the Germans and eliminate the Vichy regime while avoiding social revolution at all costs against communist advocates of national insurrection. In French colonial Africa and the Near East, battle was joined between de Gaulle's Free French and forces loyal to Vichy before they combined to liberate France. Based on a riveting reading of diaries, memoirs, letters, and interviews of contemporaries, Fighters in the Shadows gives authentic voice to the resisters themselves, revealing the diversity of their struggles for freedom in the darkest hours of occupation and collaboration."--Publisher's description.

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