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The Vichy Syndrome

The Vichy Syndrome

History and Memory in France since 1944

Henry Rousso

Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

ISBN 9780674935396

Publication date: 03/15/1994

From the Liberation purges to the Barbie trial, France has struggled with the memory of the Vichy experience: a memory of defeat, occupation, and repression. In this provocative study, Henry Rousso examines how this proud nation—a nation where reality and myth commingle to confound understanding—has dealt with les années noires. Specifically, he studies what the French have chosen to remember—and to conceal.

Praise

  • Rousso has set out to provide not just another narrative of les années noires—the years of defeat, occupation, of the phantom ‘French State’ and the civil war—but a study of the way the Vichy episode has been perceived and perverted by the French ever since. The result is a brilliant and intemperate book that is also a tract for the times.

    —The Economist

Authors

  • Henry Rousso is a researcher at the Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Paris.
  • Stanley Hoffmann (1928–2015) was Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 400 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press
  • Foreword by Stanley Hoffmann

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