By Peter Davies

France and the second one international War is a concise creation to an important and arguable interval of French historical past - international struggle and profession. in the course of international struggle , France had the dramatic event of profession by means of the Germans and the legacy of this aggravating time has lived on until eventually this day, to the iconic fascination of historians and scholars.
France and the second one international War offers a clean and balanced perception into the occasions of this period of clash, exploring the foremost subject matters of:
* career as a social, fiscal and political phenomenon
* the Vichy regime and the politics of collaboration
* the 'resistance', resistors and its ideology
* the liberation
* the legacy of the wartime interval.

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This development was also a consequence of increased German control in the southern zone and the after-effects of the 1942 invasion. Thereafter, the Germans dominated and Vichy economic thinking had no choice but to adapt itself to the prevailing wind. 45 For the most part, however, the regime’s attitude to issues like demography and reproduction has been interpreted as traditionalist and reactionary; Copley argues that ‘conservative France wished for a moral revolution’46 and Pétain was sure that the disaster of 1940 was inextricably linked to the falling French birth-rate—and the knock-on consequence of this for the military effort.

61 We should also be aware of other ways in which the Occupation has been characterised. In many poster images during and after the war, the Occupation was likened to slavery, submission and subservience. 64 The German presence Underlying all of this was the presence of the Germans. 65 The Gestapo in France was made up of approximately 2,000 men and officials. For most of the time, and particularly in the hours of darkness, the Gestapo was feared; the presence of its officers made everyone anxious, and instantaneous arrests often accompanied its operations.

What we are dealing with here is a group of hardcore collaborators—The Ideologists’:95 people like Jacques Doriot, Marcel Déat, Robert Brasillach, Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Alphonse de Châteaubriant, Lucien Rebatet, Fernand de Brinon, Jean Luchaire and Joseph Darnand. To a significant degree, they shared a common set of beliefs. They were overtly pro-Nazi and anticommunist and upheld the notion of ‘la France allemande’;96 they saw the Occupation as an opportunity for ‘national regeneration’ along fascist lines—and also for some kind of European solidarity under the aegis of Hitler’s Germany; and they exhibited a pathological hatred of Jews.

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