France Under the Germans
Publication Date: February 1997
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From 1940 to 1944, the French people adapted in a variety of ways to life under the domination of Nazi Germany. "France under the Germans" is the definitive study of the choices made by ordinary French citizens during that turbulent historical period, exposing for the first time the degree of their complicity with the Nazis. Acclaimed Swiss historian Philippe Burrin makes use of a wide variety of newly discovered sources: the records of businesses, industrial organizations, and banks; police files; and reports on mail censorship and telephone conversations. "France under the Germans" is an extraordinary analysis of the ways in which people respond under extreme pressure, and of how people can betray not only their countries but themselves.
Joseph Perez is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Bordeaux and Honorary Director of the Velazquez Museum in Madrid. His previous books include a history of Spain under Philip II and biographies of Ferdinand and Isabella and Emperor Charles V. Janet Lloyd has translated more than fifty books and was twice awarded the Scott Moncrieff prize for best translation of a full-length French work of literary merit and general interest.