{books pdf} France: The Dark Years, 1940-1944Author Julian Jackson – Hometrainer-tests.de

This is the first comprehensive study of the German occupation of France betweenandThe author examines the nature and extent of collaboration and resistance, different experiences of Occupation, the persecution of the Jews, intellectual and cultural life under Occupation, and the purge trials that followed He concludes by tracing the legacy and memory of the Occupation sinceTaking in ordinary peoples experiences, this volume uncovers the conflicting memories of occupation which ensure that even today France continues to debate the legacy of the Vichy years

12 thoughts on “France: The Dark Years, 1940-1944

  1. docread docread says:

    This comprehensive account despite its length is an enjoyable read that benefits from the cumulative scholarship of recent years.It gives a balanced indepth view of the workings of the Vichy regime and describes the gradual build up of the home grown Resistance and its fraught relationship with the Gaullist Free French.The author scrutinises the profound dilemmas facing the French intellectuals and the tough choices that divided them.He examines the ambivalent attitudes of the French civil service and formal state agencies in their attempt to promote some autonomy of action and a semblance of legitimacy in the face of German intransigence.He doesn t offer a detailed social history of the occupation period and how it affected the different segments of the population in their daily lives.However in a tangential way by examining the motives of those who threw themselves into either collaboration and denunciation , attentism or joining the Maquis ,the text sheds considerable light on the physical and psychological hardships caused by the ugly daily realities of the German occupation that led to diverse coping mechanisms by individuals or to dramatic shift in attitudes.It follows the aftermath of the occupation by critically examining the various post war myths propounded by the Gaullists on the one hand and the communists on the other about the reality of the Resistance.The whole period remains as divisive as ever in contemporary France witness the political turmoil resulting from the trials of Klaus Barbie and Maurice Papon.This book offers a great insight into one of the most tragic events in modern French history and goes a long way to explaining not only the left right divisions in contemporary France but also the crucial importance for the Franco German leadership of the European project as the only realistic means to abolish military conflict from the continent,bringing prosperity to its citizens and defending their human rights.One last remark , the reader would have benefited from a who is who list of the various historical actors as one becomes overwhelmed with the sheer number of names in the text.


    I can appreciate some of the uncertain comments about this book It would be a mistake for anyone who knows little of the background to use this as a base for study of this climactic period Jackson is a historian s historian He expects readers to know the basic facts, and hopes that his researches will encourage others to look further and encourages readers to do so I know this period pretty well, and was particularly interested because I have a draft novel set in the Vichy period Some facts, I thought, and background info, would be great I only received my copy from you a few days ago brilliant service, as always and I ve only reached page 60, but already I ve learned so much I cannot see this book being superseded for a generation.It s hard for us who are not French to understand why the issues which Jackson covers remain so significant I suppose our own British and Irish parallel would be 1690 and the Battle of the Boyne, 400 years ago But then and now the issues in Ireland remain reasonably clear cut, this was never the case in France.Astonishing to read that in the autumn of 1944 while there were still German soldiers fighting in France, De Gaulle set up a very high powered Cttee to encourage study of all aspects of the period That Cttee still meets, and publishes reports and universities have seminars at which historians and those directly involved few of them now can debate the issues.Yes, it s a big book but it has a lighter side He tells of of a University conference not many years ago when two veterans of the resistance almost came to blows over what happened in Toulouse in 1944 remember they must have been at least in their mid 70s But they were united when a young female historian called for study of the position of women Ah yes, was their dismissive response, They played their part Following this theme, amazing to know the effect of the Establishment s obsession with France s declining birth rate from the 1870 s A plan in the early 20s to give men with many children women didn t have the vote was narrowly defeated in the Senate, and abortion was outlawed as much because of the wish to push up the birth rate as of Catholic opposition.For us in the UK and Ireland, France is our nearest neighbour For anyone to really understand France and the French, this book is essential but not an easy read for those who don t know the basic historical facts.

  3. M. Lloyd M. Lloyd says:

    I should have done research into this book because essentially it is very much like and academic textbook I found it too dry to read through and gave up But as a dip in and out book on various themes it is important and as a course textbook it will be invaluable.

  4. Miquel Miquel says:

    As someone that grew up watching Allo, allo and other movies and series that romanticized life in occupied France, this book was a good eye opener about the complexities of French society during the war, where several movements struggled for hegemony on both sides while most of the people just tried to survive In addition to all the political and military action, the author provides also a dense decription of culural life and other aspects of French society during these years Recommended reading if you are into this topic, but it is not a light book.

  5. C J Holderness C J Holderness says:

    This is the best book to start with if you are studying the Nazi German occupation of France Easily readable There are many others but this serves as a good overall summary of events Definitely recommended.

  6. Oliver J.J. Broderick Oliver J.J. Broderick says:

    Totally satisfied

  7. Michael Bilton Michael Bilton says:


  8. howard gethin howard gethin says:

    Not light reading, but you couldn t really ask for a better potted history of this era.

  9. Isadora Isadora says:

    The Item is brand new as described and safely packed It arrived before the expected delivery date Very satisfied buyer here Thanks

  10. Sanjiyan Sanjiyan says:

    Dieses Buch liefert einen sehr guten und umfangreichen berblick ber die Jahre deutscher Besatzung in Frankreich Es schildert milit risches als auch das Leben der Menschen.

  11. Michael Herndon Michael Herndon says:

    I must admit up front, I didn t even get past the first 100 pages This book was not at all what I was expecting I thought at long last someone had written a good modern history of the occupation of France in WWII Instead this book was, welluhit s really kind of hard to put in words,it s like a previous reviewer stateda college thesis on the psychology of the French people in the late 19th meat of the subject at least for me, even when I skipped ahead to try to get interested This book just plain rambles on about everything but the GERMAN OCCUPATION OF FRANCE Having said all of this, this book is very well researched.It may work for others, but I just couldn t get interested Who knows Maybe i ll finish it someday

  12. Xtalfu Xtalfu says:

    For people who love a rational approach to history, with facts, causes, consequences and figures.Relating France s history in the late thirties early forties has always been a challenge for French historians and very often English authors are much successful at this difficult exercice Julian Jackson wrote a detailed account of France s worst years It s articulate, well documented and still easy to read.If you want to understand where the Vichy regime came from, how it failed to protect France from the Nazi system but at the same time planted some of the seeds of modern France, that s a book to read.