Paris After the Liberation

Paris After the Liberation : 1944-49

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An historical account of one of the most stimulating periods in 20th-century French history, post-Liberation Paris - an epoch charged with powerful and conflicting emotions. Liberation was greeted with joy, but marked by recriminations and the trauma of purges. The fevered intellectual arguments of the young took place amidst the mundane reality of hunger and fuel shortages.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 24mm | 258.55g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • illustrations, bibliography, index
  • 0140230599
  • 9780140230598
  • 1,939,040

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1994: The words 'Occupation', 'Deportation', 'Collaboration' and 'Demarcation' do not have the same meaning for the British as they do for the French who suffered them all and understand them very well. This is a beautifully written book about a vast tapestry of military, political and social upheaval. Remarkably researched, written with intense affection and a singular lack of malice; the unaware British reader would do well to read this splendid book and give thanks that he was spared the horror and hideous dilemmas which the words above posed for the French from 1940-49. Let him be ever grateful for 'the moat', the English Channel, which protected him from this disaster. A wise, balanced, very funny at times, detailed study of a particularly disastrous period in history. I was a witness to events in Paris in the first desperate, glorious, mad weeks, and this is just how it was. DIRK BOGARDE (Kirkus UK)show more

Table of contents

Part 1 A tale of two countries. Part 2L'Etat c'est de Gaulle. Part 3 Into the Cold War. Part 4 The new normality.show more

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