When Faced with the Question

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


This ego-history tracks Colin Nettelbeck’s evolution from a strict training in literary history to increasing engagement with the events and methodologies of contemporary French history, concerning especially the period of the Second World War. It reflects on chance discoveries, transformative moments of awareness and on the role of various mentors and influential texts. Socio-historical contexts are also shown to be important in his understanding of conflicts and their memories, notably the Algerian war and the upheavals in the United States in the 1960s. His approach to the history and historiography of the Vichy period has been particularly concerned with neglected parts of the story and with the contention that historical accounts are most satisfying when nourished by a diversity of source materials.


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