Ego-histories of France and the Second World War

Writing Vichy

  • Manuel Bragança
  • Fransiska Louwagie

Part of the The Holocaust and its Contexts book series (HOLC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Opening Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Manuel Bragança, Fransiska Louwagie
      Pages 3-18
    3. Robert O. Paxton, Manuel Bragança, Fransiska Louwagie
      Pages 19-22
  3. Voices from France

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Marc Dambre
      Pages 25-44
    3. Laurent Douzou
      Pages 45-65
    4. Denis Peschanski
      Pages 67-87
    5. Henry Rousso
      Pages 89-103
  4. Voices Across the Channel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Robert Gildea
      Pages 145-164
    3. Christopher Lloyd
      Pages 165-180
    4. Peter Tame
      Pages 181-197
  5. Voices from Far and Near

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Richard J. Golsan
      Pages 201-217
    3. Colin Nettelbeck
      Pages 243-265
    4. Renée Poznanski
      Pages 267-282
  6. Closing Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Manuel Bragança, Fransiska Louwagie
      Pages 299-315
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-333

About this book


This volume gathers the intellectual autobiographies of fourteen leading scholars in the fields of history, literature, film and cultural studies who have dedicated a considerable part of their career to researching the history and memories of France during the Second World War. Contributors include Margaret Atack, Marc Dambre, Laurent Douzou, Hilary Footitt, Robert Gildea, Richard J. Golsan, Bertram M. Gordon, Christopher Lloyd, Colin Nettelbeck, Denis Peschanski, Renée Poznanski, Henry Rousso, Peter Tame, and Susan Rubin Suleiman. Based in five different countries, these scholars have played a crucial role in shaping and reshaping what has become a thought-provoking field of research. This volume, which also includes an interview with historian Robert O. Paxton, clarifies the rationales and driving forces behind their work and thus behind our current understanding of one of the darkest and most vividly remembered pages of history in contemporary France.


Pierre Nora Vichy France World War Two Nazi occupation Remembrance

Editors and affiliations

  • Manuel Bragança
    • 1
  • Fransiska Louwagie
    • 2
  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.University of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70859-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70860-7
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