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Publisher: Palgrave: 1996 ed. edition (18 Sept. 1996)
By: Robert J. Young (Author)
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This is not the France of one legend, a nation left smug and complacent behind the carapace of the Maginot Line. It is not the France of another, a nation whose flame had dipped during the last war and then been snuffed out by a generation of second-rate survivors. Rather it is a France where confidence coexists with apprehension, where perceptions and moods shift with the hour and the argument.
In his efforts to monitor this ebb and flow, Young first describes the tensions within French interwar diplomacy as well as the interpretive tensions which have characterised the scholarly debate over the past fifty years. Subsequent chapters explore the roots of the national ambivalence: diplomatic and military, political and idealogical, economic and psychological. In the end, we are left with the author's explanation of how France entered the Second World War, and why she collapsed so quickly.
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