Searching for ‘Contact Zones’ in France’s War

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


Hilary Footitt’s ego-history recounts a journey across national and disciplinary borders in an attempt to find the in-between ‘contact zones’ of France’s Second World War experiences, bringing together en route the separate Anglophone and French narratives of 1943–1946. Paxton’s seminal book proved the impetus to examine Anglo-Saxon involvement in France, confronting French narratives of the period with the archives of foreigners outside. As the study progressed, it became clear that her real interest lay in what happened ‘on the ground’ of war, in the transfer of power between often quite junior Allied soldiers and French civilians, and in the ‘cultural hybridity’ of war. Approached through a combination of linguistics and ethnography, the words and experiences of participants could give life to these transnational ‘contact zones’.


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  1. 1.University of ReadingReadingUK

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