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Season of infamy : a diary of war and occupation, 1939-1945

Author: Charles Rist; Michele McKay Aynesworth; Jean Noël Jeanneney
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1939, the 65-year old French political economist Charles Rist was serving as advisor to the French government and consultant to the international banking and business world. As France anxiously awaited a German invasion, Rist traveled to America to negotiate embargo policy. Days after his return to Paris, the German offensive began and with it the infamous season of occupation. Retreating to his villa in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
History
Personal narratives
Autobiographies
Journaux intimes
Named Person: Charles Rist; Charles Rist
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Rist; Michele McKay Aynesworth; Jean Noël Jeanneney
ISBN: 9780253019448 0253019443
OCLC Number: 910088043
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: lvi, 514 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword by Robert O. PaxtonA Note from the TranslatorAcknowledgmentsIntroduction to the 1983 French Edition by Jean-Noel JeanneneyRegarding the History and Annotation of the Text (Jeanneney)A Brief Who's Who of the Rist FamilyI. War Begins 2 September 1939 - 23 January 1940II. Blockade Mission, Visit to Roosevelt 24 January - 24 April 1940III. Hitler's Army Enters Paris 16 May - 12 July 1940IV. Vichy and the "French State": Beginnings 12 July - 29 September 1940V. Promulgation of Anti-Jewish Laws 4 October - 15 December 1940VI. "National Renewal": Harem Hijinks 17 December 1940 - 14 March 1941VII. The Spreading Conflagration 16 March - 17 August 1941 VIII. Petain's Ambassador to Washington? 30 August - 26 October 1941IX. End of My Mission 11 November - 15 November 1941X. The Wind Shifts 16 November - 14 December 1941XI. "A War Against the Jews" 15 December 1941 - 27 February 1942XII. War Hits Close to Home 4 March - 15 July 1942XIII. Certificates of Not Belonging to the Jewish Race 24 July - 23 October 1942XIV. "Coup de Theatre": A Turning Point in the War 24 October - 13 December 1942XV. Internal Gangrene 16 December 1942 - 6 February 1943XVI. Growing Doubts and Hardships at Home 10 February - 6 July 1943XVII. Good News from Italy, Perils on the Home Front 12 July - 5 September 1943XVIII. Twilight of the Rogues 9 September - 20 November 1943XIX. The Old Man's Wall 21 November - 31 December 1943XX. Reign of Terror 2 January - 23 February 1944XXI. All-Out Civil War 29 February - 25 April 1944XXII. "Poor France!" 27 April - 6 August 1944XXIII. State of Siege: The Allies Advance 11 August - 24 August 1944XXIV. The Ransom for Deliverance 25 August 1944 - 27 December 1945Appendix I: Timeline of Rist's Movements During the WarAppendix II: The Anti-Jewish Laws of VichyAppendix III: Poem by Antoinette Rist ConstableAppendix IV: Postmortem 12 September 1944. Letter to American Colonel Behn Regarding the Situation in France 6 August 1946. The "Tyranny of the Military" 13 May 1948. Cruelty EverywhereAppendix V: Members of Rist's Extended Family Imprisoned or KilledGlossaryWorks CitedIndex
Other Titles: Saison gâtée.
Diary of war and occupation, 1939-1945
Responsibility: Charles Rist ; compilation, notes, and introduction to the 1983 French edition by Jean-Noël Jeanneney ; translated from the French with additional text and annotation by Michele McKay Aynesworth ; foreword by Robert O. Paxton.

Abstract:

In 1939, the 65-year old French political economist Charles Rist was serving as advisor to the French government and consultant to the international banking and business world. As France anxiously awaited a German invasion, Rist traveled to America to negotiate embargo policy. Days after his return to Paris, the German offensive began and with it the infamous season of occupation. Retreating to his villa in Versailles, Rist turned his energies to the welfare of those closest to him, while in his diary he began to observe the unfolding of the war. Here he investigates the causes of the disaster and reflects on his country's fate, placing the behavior of the "people" and the "elite" in historical perspective. Though well-connected, he and his family and friends were not exempt from the tragedies of war, as the diary makes clear.

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We discover in these pages a closely observed view of life and events in France during the occupation. . . . Tracking the war's events, [Rist's] narrative is informed by a sophisticated knowledge of Read more...

 
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