The French empire at war, 1940-45

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    • Thomas, Martin

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The French empire at war, 1940-45

Martin Thomas

(Studies in imperialism / general editor, John M. MacKenzie)

Manchester University Press , Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, 1998

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Bibliography : p. 265-288

内容説明・目次

内容説明

Draws on original research to look at the history of the divided French Empire - the Vichy and Free French Empires - during World War II. The text argues that, although the Vichy and Free French colonial authorities were only rarely masters of their own destiny during the war, preservation of some imperial control helped them both in different ways. The Vichy government used the empire to withstand German-Italian pressure for concessions in metropolitan France and it was key to their claim to be more than the mouthpiece of a defeated nation. For Free France, the empire had a poltical and symbolic importance which far outweighed its material significance. During the war, the Vichy empire lost ground to that of the Free French. This has often been attributed to the attraction of the Gaulist mystique and the spirit of resistance to the colonies. This book argues that the course of the war itself, and the initiatives of the major combatant powers played the greatest part in the rise of the Gaullist government and the fall of the Vichy.

目次

  • Introduction - the inter-war empire and French defence. Part 1 Clashes of French Empire in Africa, 1940-41: territories divided, June-December 1940
  • the empire between the Axis and the Allies, 1940-41. Part 2 the second wave of Free French Empire, 1941-45: the empire goes to war - the Syrian capaign and Free French administration in the Levant, 1941-45
  • empire as diplomatic incident - St Pierre and Miquelon and the Madagascar invasion, 1942
  • Operation Torch and Free French imperial supremacy in Africa, 1942-45
  • the fate of French Indo-China, 1940-45. Part 3 Contrasting imperial practices: a new imperial order?.

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  • Studies in imperialism

    general editor, John M. MacKenzie

    Manchester University Press , Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press

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