France the Dark Years 1940-1944 (Paperback)

By Julian Jackson

Oxford University Press, USA, 9780199254576, 690pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2003



This is the first comprehensive study of the German occupation of France between 1940 and 1944. The author examines the nature and extent of collaboration and resistance, different experiences of Occupation, the persecution of the Jews, intellectual and cultural life under Occupation, and the purge trials that followed. He concludes by tracing the legacy and memory of the Occupation since 1945. Taking in ordinary peoples' experiences, this volume uncovers the conflicting memories of occupation which ensure that even today France continues to debate the legacy of the Vichy years.

About the Author

Julian Jackson is a Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea.