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The French Resistance

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$39.95 • £31.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674731226

Publication Date: 04/25/2016


592 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 line illustration, 3 maps

Belknap Press


The work of [a] seasoned scholar and energetic researcher… The ultimate question is what difference the French Resistance really made. Wieviorka considers this matter most fully.—Robert O. Paxton, The New York Review of Books

An admirable history and the best single-volume work on the subject so far.—Patrick Marnham, Literary Review

[Wieviorka] carefully traces the evolution of the often-fraught relationship between the internal Resistance in France and Charles de Gaulle’s London-based Free French, the Resistance’s growing complexity (and costliness) as a bureaucracy, and its debates over goals and approaches… Few historians can navigate the complexities of this period with Wieviorka’s skill and assurance.—Robert Zaretsky, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Magisterial… Wieviorka shows that the Resistance was divided and fragmented from the start, and that the many and varied organizations that constituted it were often driven by political ideology… [An] engrossing book.—Richard J. Evans, London Review of Books

This is an impressive synthesis which…is now one of the starting points for understanding the French Resistance.—Martin Evans, History Today

Olivier Wieviorka [is] one of the most brilliant historians of his generation.L’Express

The Resistance has found its historian.Le Point

Wieviorka brings important insights into a critical and often misunderstood topic. Going beyond the myths and partisanship surrounding the Resistance, and World War II more generally, this book will help set the tone for future work on the period.—Michael S. Neiberg, author of The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944

A wide-ranging synthesis that treats a compelling subject with an equal mix of critical intelligence and deep respect. For serious, thoughtful readers who want to get a look at the Resistance as the most recent scholarship now sees it, with many of the mythic cobwebs swept away, this is the book for them.—Philip Nord, author of France 1940: Defending the Republic

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