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Robert O. Paxton's classic study of the aftermath of France's sudden collapse under Nazi invasion utilizes captured German archives and other contemporary materials to construct a strong and disturbing account of the Vichy period in France. With a new introduction and updated bibliography, Vichy France demonstrates that the collaborationist government of Marshal Petain did far more than merely react to German pressures. The Vichy leaders actively pursued their own double agenda-internally, the authoritarian and racist "national revolution," and, externally, an attempt to persuade Hitler to accept this new France as a partner in his new Europe.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231124690
ISBN-10: 0231124694
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 138mm x 32mm)
Pages: 438
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert O. Paxton

Robert O. Paxton is Mellon Professor Emeritus of the Social Sciences at Columbia University. His other books include Parades and Politics at Vichy, Europe in the Twentieth Century, and French Peasant Fascism.

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