The French Defeat Of 1940: Reassessments

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Joel Blatt
Berghahn Books, Aug 15, 1997 - History - 384 pages
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Why France, the major European continental victor in 1918, suffered total defeat in six weeks at the hands of the vanquished power of 1918 only two decades later remains moot. Why the stunning reversal of fortunes? In this volume thirteen prominent scholars reexamine the French debacle of 1940 in interwar perspectives, utilizing fresh analysis, original approaches, and new sources. Although the tenor of the volume is critical, the contributors also suggest that French preparations for war knew successes as well as failures, that French defeat was not inevitable, and that the Battle of France might have turned out differently if different choices had been made and other paths been followed.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER 1 STRATEGY AND SCAPEGOATISM
13
CHAPTER 2 MARC BLOCH AND THE DRÔLE DE GUERRE
39
CHAPTER 3 MARTYRS VENGEANCE
54
CHAPTER 4 DOMESTIC POLITICS AND THE FALL OF FRANCE IN 1940
85
CHAPTER 5 EDOUARD DALADIER
100
CHAPTER 6 THE MISSED OPPORTUNITY
126
CHAPTER 7 PRELUDE TO DEFEAT
171
CHAPTER 8 FRANCE AND THE ILLUSION OF AMERICAN SUPPORT 19191940
204
CHAPTER 9 IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
245
CHAPTER 10 REFLECTIONS ON FRANCE BRITAIN AND THE WINTER WAR PRODROME 19391940
269
CHAPTER 11 FIGHTING TO THE LAST FRENCHMAN?
296
CHAPTER 12 FRENCH DEFEAT IN 1940 AND ITS REVERSAL IN 19441945
327
CHAPTER 13 THE TRAUMA OF 1940
354
CONTRIBUTORS
371
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Joel Blatt teaches at the University of Connecticut at Stamford.

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