The Fall of France in the Second World War

History and Memory

Authors: Carswell, Richard

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  • Examines how the fall of France in the Second World War has been explained and remembered by historians and society more widely
  • Argues that most explanations of the fall of France focus on four main themes – decadence, failure, constraint and contingency
  • Explores the context and constraints which influenced the decisions made by French policy-makers and the effect this had on the nation
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This book examines how the fall of France in the Second World War has been recorded by historians and remembered within society. It argues that explanations of the fall have usually revolved around the four main themes of decadence, failure, constraint and contingency. It shows that the dominant explanation claimed for many years that the fall was the inevitable consequence of a society grown rotten in the inter-war period.  This view has been largely replaced among academic historians by a consensus which distinguishes between the military defeat and the political demise of the Third Republic. It emphasizes the contingent factors that led to the military defeat. At the same time it seeks to understand the constraints within which France’s policy-makers were required to act and the reasons for their policy-making failures in economics, defence and diplomacy.

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Richard Carswell is an independent researcher specialising in French and British history of the mid-twentieth century. His doctoral thesis, from the University of Reading, analysed the image of France in the British press in the period 1938-1940.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Fall of France in the Second World War
Book Subtitle
History and Memory
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03955-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03955-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03954-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 283
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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