This wide-ranging volume brings together a blend of experienced and emerging scholars to examine the texture of everyday life for different parts of the wartime French population. It explores systems of coping, means of helping one another, confrontations with people or events and the challenges posed to and by Vichy's National Revolution during this difficult period in French and European history.
The book focuses on human interactions at the micro level, highlighting lived experience within the complex social networks of this era, as French civilians negotiated the violence of war, the restrictions of Occupation, the shortages of daily necessities and the fear of persecution in their everyday lives. Using approaches drawn mostly from history, but also including oral history, film, gender studies and sociology, the text peers into the lives of ordinary men, women and children and opens new perspectives on questions of resistance, collaboration, war and memory; it tells some of the stories of the anonymous millions who suffered, coped, laughed, played and worked, either together at home or far apart in towns and villages across Occupied and Vichy France.
Vichy France and Everyday Life is a crucial study for anyone interested in the social history of the Second World War or the history of France during the twentieth century.
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About the Author
Lindsey Dodd is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Huddersfield, UK. She is the author of French Children under the Allied Bombs (2016).
David Lees is Senior Teaching Fellow in French Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. He is one of the co-editors of The Routledge Handbook of French Politics and Culture (2018).
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Introduction, Lindsey Dodd (University of Huddersfield, UK) and David Lees (University of Warwick, UK)
Part I – Coping and Helping in Wartime France
1. Children and Play in Occupied France, Camille Mahé (Center for History, Sciences Po, France)
2. Coping in the Classroom: Adapting Schools to Wartime, Matthieu Devigne (Sorbonne, France)
3. Reconstructing the Daily Life of a Lyonnaise Family, Isabelle von Bueltzingsloewen (Lyon II, France)
4. The Daily Lives of French Railway Workers, Sylvère Aït Amour (Rails et Histoire, France)
5. Helping the Most Needy: The Role of the Secours National, Jean-Pierre Le Crom (Nantes, CNRS, France)
6. The American Friends Service Committee and Wartime Aid to Families, Shannon L. Fogg (Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA)
7. Urban Lives, Rural Lives and Children's Evacuation, Lindsey Dodd (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Part II – Confrontation and Challenge in Wartime France
8. Colonial Prisoners of War and French Civilians, Sarah Frank (International Studies Group, University of the Free State, South Africa)
9. Wehrmacht Brothels, Prostitution and Venereal Desire, Byron Schirbock (University of Cologne, Germany)
10. Madeleine Blaess: An Emotional History of a Long Liberation, Wendy Michallat (University of Sheffield, UK)
11. Counter-Revolution? Resisting Vichy and the National Revolution, Mason Norton (Edge Hill University, UK)
12. Vichy Cinema and the Everyday, Steve Wharton (University of Bath, UK)
13. Defining Everyday Frenchness under Vichy, David Lees (University of Warwick, UK)