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

00aIntroductionpdf
1
01Jordanpdf
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02Finkpdf
39
03Bartovpdf
54
04Irvinepdf
85
05Reaupdf
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06Caronpdf
126
07Carleypdf
171
08Keylorpdf
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09Youngpdf
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10Cairnspdf
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11Alexanderpdf
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12Bankwitzpdf
327
13Hoffmannpdf
354
14Contributorspdf
371
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Joel Blatt teaches at the University of Connecticut at Stamford.

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