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Season of Infamy : A Diary of War and Occupation, 1939-1945

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In 1939, the 65-year old French political economist Charles Rist was serving as advisor to the French government and consultant to the international banking and business world. As France anxiously awaited a German invasion, Rist traveled to America to negotiate embargo policy. Days after his return to Paris, the German offensive began and with it the infamous season of occupation. Retreating to his villa in Versailles, Rist turned his energies to the welfare of those closest to him, while in his diary he began to observe the unfolding of the war. Here the deeply learned Rist investigates the causes of the disaster and reflects on his country's fate, placing the behavior of the "people" and the "elite" in historical perspective. Though well-connected, Rist and his family and friends were not exempt from the perils and tragedies of war, as the diary makes clear. Season of Infamy presents a distinctive, closely-observed view of life in France under the occupation.show more

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  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 43.18mm | 912g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w illus
  • 0253019443
  • 9780253019448
  • 1,300,068

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"[T]his is a valuable account of what one significant and perceptive Frenchman experienced during the protracted disgrace of France as a vassal state of Nazi Germany." -Publishers Weekly "We discover in these pages a closely observed view of life and events in France during the occupation.... Tracking the war's events, [Rist's] narrative is informed by a sophisticated knowledge of history, literature, and human behavior." -ronslate.com "The singularity of Rist's diary, and its primary value for scholars, is the breadth and depth of the insights it brings to bear on internal Vichy politics, the ideology of the bourgeoisie in relation to that of other classes, and the role that radio played in shaping popular opinion. Much of its critical value comes from Rist's unique perspective generated by his exceptional access to information, his fluency in three languages, and his rare ability to analyze current events in a long-term historical and intellectual perspective." -Brett Bowles, author of Marcel Pagnolshow more

About Charles Rist

Charles Rist (1874-1955) was a French political economist. His Histoire des doctrines economiques (1909) established his reputation and throughout the interwar years, Rist served as one of France's top experts on financial matters. After the fall of France, Rist withdrew from the public arena to devote time to his family and his diary.Michele McKay Aynesworth is a translator and editor for Source, a quarterly publication of the American Translators Association's Literary Division.show more

Table of contents

Foreword by Robert O. PaxtonA Note from the TranslatorAcknowledgmentsIntroduction to the 1983 French Edition by Jean-Noel JeanneneyRegarding the History and Annotation of the Text (Jeanneney)A Brief Who's Who of the Rist FamilyI. War Begins 2 September 1939 - 23 January 1940II. Blockade Mission, Visit to Roosevelt 24 January - 24 April 1940III. Hitler's Army Enters Paris 16 May - 12 July 1940IV. Vichy and the "French State": Beginnings 12 July - 29 September 1940V. Promulgation of Anti-Jewish Laws 4 October - 15 December 1940VI. "National Renewal": Harem Hijinks 17 December 1940 - 14 March 1941VII. The Spreading Conflagration 16 March - 17 August 1941 VIII. Petain's Ambassador to Washington? 30 August - 26 October 1941IX. End of My Mission 11 November - 15 November 1941X. The Wind Shifts 16 November - 14 December 1941XI. "A War Against the Jews" 15 December 1941 - 27 February 1942XII. War Hits Close to Home 4 March - 15 July 1942XIII. Certificates of Not Belonging to the Jewish Race 24 July - 23 October 1942XIV. "Coup de Theatre": A Turning Point in the War 24 October - 13 December 1942XV. Internal Gangrene 16 December 1942 - 6 February 1943XVI. Growing Doubts and Hardships at Home 10 February - 6 July 1943XVII. Good News from Italy, Perils on the Home Front 12 July - 5 September 1943XVIII. Twilight of the Rogues 9 September - 20 November 1943XIX. The Old Man's Wall 21 November - 31 December 1943XX. Reign of Terror 2 January - 23 February 1944XXI. All-Out Civil War 29 February - 25 April 1944XXII. "Poor France!" 27 April - 6 August 1944XXIII. State of Siege: The Allies Advance 11 August - 24 August 1944XXIV. The Ransom for Deliverance 25 August 1944 - 27 December 1945Appendix I: Timeline of Rist's Movements During the WarAppendix II: The Anti-Jewish Laws of VichyAppendix III: Poem by Antoinette Rist ConstableAppendix IV: Postmortem 12 September 1944. Letter to American Colonel Behn Regarding the Situation in France 6 August 1946. The "Tyranny of the Military" 13 May 1948. Cruelty EverywhereAppendix V: Members of Rist's Extended Family Imprisoned or KilledGlossaryWorks CitedIndexshow more

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