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Marc Bloch wrote during the three months following the fall of France, after he returned home from military service. In the midst of his anguish, he nevertheless "brought to his study of the crisis all the critical faculty and all the penetrating analysis of a first-rate historian" (). Bloch takes a close look at the military failures he witnessed, examining why France was unable to respond to attack quickly and effectively. He gives a personal account of the battle of France, followed by a biting analysis of the generation between the wars. His harsh conclusion is that the immediate cause of the disaster was the utter incompetence of the High Command, but his analysis ranges broadly, appraising all the factors, social as well as military, which since 1870 had undermined French national solidarity.

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In this commentary, an historian and a Resistance fighter analyzes why France fell to Germany in World War II.

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A renowned historian and Resistance fighter — later executed by the Nazis — analyzes at first hand why France fell in 1940.

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was a French historian who cofounded the Annales School of French social history. He was captured and shot by the Gestapo in 1944 for his work with the French Resistance.

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Julia PDX, January 21, 2012 (view all comments by Julia PDX)
Marc Bloch, a French historian from a Jewish family and veteran of WWI and WWII, joined the French Resistance during the occupation. In "Strange Defeat," written as Bloch was fighting in the French Resistance, he provides rich detail about the collapse of the French military from a first-hand perspective. This brilliant and heartbreaking work was published after Bloch was executed for his activity.
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ISBN:
9780393319118
Translator:
Hopkins, Gerard
Foreword:
Altman, Georges
Translator:
Hopkins, Gerard
Foreword by:
Altman, Georges
Foreword:
Altman, Georges
Author:
Bloch, Marc
Author:
Altman, Georges
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
France
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Military-World War II General
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Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
no. 128
Publication Date:
19990731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
8.31x5.53x.53 in. .42 lbs.

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