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A Tale of Two Frances and a Curious Ancestor

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

Abstract

Robert Gildea’s essay explores a personal and professional fascination with two contrasting incarnations of modern France, revolutionary France and la France profonde. Encounters with la France profonde gave rise to a first book on Education in Provincial France and, subsequently, to Marianne in chains, the story of life in the Loire valley under the German Occupation. Encounters with revolutionary France stimulated an international oral history project on Europe’s 1968, including interviews with former French activists. This led on to work on the French Resistance, constructed around stories of personal and political engagement. On all this is cast the shadow of a great-uncle who facilitated General de Gaulle’s introduction to the British in 1940.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Worcester CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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