Nimes at War: Religion, Politics, and Public Opinion in the Gard, 1938-1944
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Paperback. 292 pages. Dimensions: 8.8in. x 6.0in. x 0.9in.Vichy will not go away. As I write, France is in the throes of the Paul Touvier affair. . . . The Touvier affair is just the most recent expression of what Henry Rousso has called the Vichy syndrome. So begins Robert Zaretskys timely study of everyday life in France during the dark years of Vichy. While many studies of Vichy France have either focused on specific lives or ideas or covered the period in broad and synthetic terms, local studies such as this promise to nuance our understanding of wartime France. By concentrating on the city of Nmes and the department of the Gard, Zaretsky moves beyond generalizations concerning resistance and collaboration to consider issues of historical continuity and change within a specific local context. In the words and acts of local French men and women, he finds the character of mentalities in the heart of our own century. The Gard is well chosen as the focus of this study. From the sixteenth century onward, the region had been a flash point between warring Catholics and Protestants. By the early twentieth century, that tension had eased but not disappeared. Zaretsky examines the dynamics between local Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish communities, arguing that with the advent of Vichya regime that, if not clerical, was deeply deferential to the Catholic Churchtension and conflict resurfaced in the Gard. Nmes at War is based on a wealth of archival materialspolice and prefectoral reports, official departmental documents, local secular and religious newspapers, and letters intercepted by the regimes security apparatusmuch of which has only recently been opened to researchers. Zaretskys detailed narrative will undoubtedly provoke further reconsideration of the complex and ambiguous world of Vichy. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780271025889
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About the Author: Robert Zaretsky teaches in the Honors College of the University of Houston.
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