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When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944

Ronald C Rosbottom


9780316217446

Little, Brown & Company


History;
Second World War


Hardback

480 pages

$51.95
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The spellbinding and revealing chronicle of Nazi-occupied Paris On June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and nearly deserted Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation. Subsequently, an eerie sense of normalcy settled over the City of Light. Many Parisians keenly adapted themselves to the situation-even allied themselves with their Nazi overlords. At the same time, amidst this darkening gloom of German ruthlessness, shortages, and curfews, a resistance arose. Parisians of all stripes-Jews, immigrants, adolescents, communists, rightists, cultural icons such as Colette, de Beauvoir, Camus and Sartre, as well as police officers, teachers, students, and store owners-rallied around a little known French military officer, Charles de Gaulle. WHEN PARIS WENT DARK evokes with stunning precision the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness. Relying on a range of resources---memoirs, diaries, letters, archives, interviews, personal histories, flyers and posters, fiction, photographs, film and historical studies---Rosbottom has forged a groundbreaking book that will forever influence how we understand those dark years in the City of Light.

By:   Ronald C Rosbottom
Imprint:   Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 239mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 41mm
Weight:   680g
ISBN:   9780316217446
ISBN 10:   0316217441
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   August 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ronald C. Rosbottom is the Winifred L. Arms Professor in the Arts and Humanities and Professor of French and European Studies at Amherst College. Previously, he was the Dean of the Faculty at Amherst, Chair of the Romance Languages Department at The Ohio State University, and taught at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.


A profound historical portrait of Paris for anyone who loves the city. Dallas Morning News


  • Short-listed for National Book Awards (Nonfiction) 2014
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