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French and Germans, Germans and French

A Personal Interpretation of France under Two Occupations, 1914-1918/1940-1944

Richard Cobb



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18 September 2018
History; European history; First World War; Second World War
A magnificent account of Occupied France in both the First and Second World Wars.

'There had grown up a sort of intimacy between occupant and occupe... a peculiar blending of mutual loathing and mutual respect, a pas de deux'

An extraordinary history of French lives under occupation in the First and Second World Wars, this is an intimate, unforgettable meditation on the strange mixture of compromise and betrayal, collaboration and resistance that marks defeat, written by one of the greatest historians of France.
By:   Richard Cobb
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   203g
ISBN:   9780241351314
ISBN 10:   0241351316
Series:   Penguin Modern Classics
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   18 September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Cobb (1919-96) CBE was a British historian and essayist, and professor at the University of Oxford. He was the author of numerous influential works about the history of France, particularly the French Revolution.

Reviews for French and Germans, Germans and French: A Personal Interpretation of France under Two Occupations, 1914-1918/1940-1944

Cobb was a true historian of life 'from below', using archival evidence to bring alive the reality - and the suffering - of ordinary people's existence. -- Geoffrey Wheatcroft * New Statesman * His France - urban, northern, provincial, pedestrian, noisy, unpuritanical, festive - was in contrast to, and predicated upon, another France: bureaucratic, official, suburban, safe, rule - crazy, scared. -- Julian Barnes Richard Cobb is a visionary. His books will take you on an extraordinary intellectual and emotional journey. * The New York Review of Books *

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