France 1940 by Philip Nord audiobook

France 1940: Defending the Republic

By Philip Nord
Read by Sean Runnette

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200013517

  • ISBN: 9798200013500

  • ISBN: 9798200013524

Runtime: 4.27 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In this revisionist account of France's crushing defeat in 1940, Philip Nord argues that the nation's downfall has long been misunderstood. Nord assesses France's diplomatic and military preparations for war with Germany, its conduct of the war once the fighting began, and the political consequences of defeat on the battlefield. Ultimately, he finds that the longstanding view that France's collapse was due to military unpreparedeness and a decadent national character is unsupported by fact. Nord reveals that the Third Republic was no worse prepared and its military failings no less dramatic than those of the United States and other Allies in the early years of the war. What was unique in France was the betrayal by military and political elites who abandoned the Republic and supported the reprehensible Vichy takeover. Why then have historians and politicians ever since interpreted the defeat as a judgment on the nation as a whole? Why has the focus been on the failings of the Third Republic and not on elite betrayal? The author examines these questions in a fascinating conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A well thought-out and well-presented book on a thorny problem of European history. Robert Gildea, author of Marianne in Chains
“A well thought-out and well-presented book on a thorny problem of European history: why was France defeated in 1940?” Robert Gildea, author of Marianne in Chains

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Author

Author Bio: Philip Nord

Author Bio: Philip Nord

Philip Nord is Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, NJ.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 4.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English