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Forging Europe: Industrial Organisation in France, 1940–1952


About this book


This book is a detailed and original look at the radical reorganisation of French heavy industry in the turbulent period between the establishment of the Vichy regime in 1940 and the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the forerunner to the European Union, in 1952.  By studying institutions ranging from Vichy’s Organisation Committees to Jean Monnet’s Commissariat Général du Plan (CGP), Luc-André Brunet challenges existing narratives and reveals significant continuities from Vichy to post-war initiatives such as the Monnet Plan and the ECSC.  Based on extensive multi-archival research, this book sheds important new light on economic collaboration and resistance in Vichy, the post-war revival of the French economy, and the origins of European integration.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Luc-André Brunet is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century European History at the Open University, UK.  Previously he was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and Pinto Postdoctoral Fellow at the London School of Economics, where he earned his PhD.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Forging Europe: Industrial Organisation in France, 1940–1952
  • Authors Luc-André Brunet
  • Series Title Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World
  • Series Abbreviated Title Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-349-95197-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95758-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-95198-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 296
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of France
    Modern History
    Social History
    Economic History
    History of Modern Europe
    Urban History
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“The book has amply demonstrated the central thesis of Vichy’s transitional influence, not out of ideological adherence but sheer necessity. This is a work that is worth reading.” (Michael B. Miller, H-France Review, Vol. 19 (216), October, 2019)

“The author provides nuanced analysis and detailed coverage that will prove of considerable interest to scholars of France’s wartime economic history. … This work provides a valuable insight into the workings of a significant, and long neglected, aspect of France’s wartime past.” (Thomas Beaumont, French History, Vol. 33 (2), 2019)