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Defying Vichy: Blood, Fear and French Resistance

Robert Pike



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01 February 2019
History; European history; Second World War; Irregular or guerrilla forces & warfare
July 1940 saw the collaborationist Vichy regime replace the French Republic after the country suffered heavily at the hands of the German onslaught during the Second World War. So began a period of betrayal, refusal and heroism. While most were convinced by the regime, a small number sought to make a stand in whatever way they could, despite fear and mortal danger. From railway workers and couriers to guerrilla fighters and foreign agents, each played their part in destabilising Marshal Petain's poisonous regime. Here Robert Pike casts new light on the Resistance and its members, using unique first-person accounts and newly translated archival records to highlight how ordinary people - men and women, young and old - refused, protested, fought and ultimately became heroes of the Resistance. 40 b/w illustrations
By:   Robert Pike
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780750985529
ISBN 10:   0750985526
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

ROBERT PIKE is a graduate of the University of Exeter in History and French. After having written a number of books on the French language, he has turned his attention back to the history of the occupation of France, revisiting survivors of the Resistance who he first talked to twenty years ago. For this book he has drawn on oral and written testimonies from Resistance members, official Vichy police archives and a vast array of secondary evidence written by historians in France and abroad.

Reviews for Defying Vichy: Blood, Fear and French Resistance

'Pacey and engaging ... a fascinating contribution to the field.' -- Robert Gildea 'A meticulously researched and valuable contribution to the history of the German occupation.' -- Caroline Moorehead A vivid and evocative account ... Robert Pike is to be applauded for bringing these stories to a wider readership. -- Hanna Diamond 'A moving account of the darkest and brightest period in French history.' -- Matthew Cobb 'Pulsating with action and detailed stories.' -- Rod Kedward Excellent ... A detailed, well-written and eminently readable book that will be of interest to any student or scholar of Vichy and the Occupation years. -- David Lees * MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FRANCE *

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