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Mayoral Collaboration under Nazi Occupation in Belgium, the Netherlands and France, 1938-46

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Explores the role mayors played in navigating the realities of everyday life under the Nazis

  • Demonstrates how local mayors were gradually turned into instruments of control and repression

  • Utilises new and insightful archival data to compare mayoralities in three countries

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    • Nico Wouters
    Pages 1-10
  3. Chapter 1 Local Democracies

    • Nico Wouters
    Pages 11-31
  4. Chapter 2 Adaptation (1940)

    • Nico Wouters
    Pages 33-54
  5. Chapter 3 Infiltration (1940–41)

    • Nico Wouters
    Pages 55-81
  6. Chapter 4 The Limits of Nazification

    • Nico Wouters
    Pages 83-112
  7. Chapter 5 The Limits of Good Governance

    • Nico Wouters
    Pages 113-146
  8. Chapter 6 Systems of Repression

    • Nico Wouters
    Pages 147-220
  9. Chapter 7 Disintegration

    • Nico Wouters
    Pages 221-262
  10. Chapter 8 Transition and Memory

    • Nico Wouters
    Pages 263-318
  11. Conclusion

    • Nico Wouters
    Pages 319-330
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 331-350

About this book

This book explores the role of mayors in navigating the realities of living and governing under Nazi occupation. In Western Europe under Nazi occupation, mayors of villages and cities were forced into strategic cooperation with the occupier. Mayors had to provide good governance, mediate between occupier and populations, maintain personal legitimacy, and build local consensus. However, as national systems underwent authoritarian reform and collaborationists infiltrated administrations, local governments were gradually turned into instruments of Nazi control and repression. Nico Wouters uses rich new archival data to compare the realities of local government in three countries. Looking at topics such as food supply, public order and safety, forced labour, the repression of resistance, the persecution of the Jews and post-war purges, this book redefines our knowledge of collaboration, resistance and accommodation during Nazi occupation.

Keywords

  • Third Reich
  • Second World War
  • Local politics
  • Western Europe
  • Low Countries

Reviews

“Nico Wouters’s Mayoral Collaboration offers a comprehensive account of mayoral activities in Belgium, the French Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and the Netherlands during the Second World War. His work is well-researched and offers an interesting interpretation about the resilience of democratic culture in the face of totalitarian repression. Specialists in the field and interested generalists should read it.” (Keith Rathbone, H-France Review, Vol. 19 (161), 2019)

“One closes this book with admiration for the enormous amount of information Nico Wouters accumulated, and hopes that his next publication will draw the attention not only of the specialists but also of the interested public.” (István Deák, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Vol. 33 (1), 2019)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cegesoma, Ghent University, Brussels, Belgium

    Nico Wouters

About the author

Nico Wouters is Academic Coordinator at the Brussels CegeSoma and Guest Professor at the History Department of Ghent University, Belgium. He is co-editor in chief of the Journal of Belgian History and editorial board member of the Low Countries Historical Review. He recently published an edited volume, Transitional Justice and Memory in Europe 1945-2013 (2014).

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eBook USD 109.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-32841-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)