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In search of the maquis : rural resistance in southern France, 1942-1944 / H.R. Kedward.

By: Kedward, H. R. (Harry Roderick).
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford : New York : Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press, 1993Description: xvii, 340 p. : maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0198219318; 9780198219316.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France, Southern | Forces françaises de l'intérieur | France, Southern -- History | World War 2 Resistance movements | FranceAdditional physical formats: Online version:: In search of the maquis.DDC classification: 940.53/448 LOC classification: D802.F82 | S725 1993Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
Resistance and refuge, 1942 -- Refusal and revolt, Spring 1943 -- Hunters and hunted, Summer-Autumn 1943 -- Structures and communities, Winter 1943-1944 -- Strategies and localities, Winter-Spring 1944 -- Insurrections and liberations, Summer 1944 -- Images and memories, 1944 and after -- Oral memories.
Summary: This is a study of the maquis in southern France, the Resisters who took to the woods and hills in the struggle against the German Occupation in the Second World War. H. R. Kedward's detailed and perceptive account explores what participation in the maquis meant for those involved, both at the time and subsequently. He examines the motivations of the maquisards and how the circumstances of occupation and resistance affected the ways of life of rural communities in the south of France. This is a rich and original book, which achieves a fruitful integration of extensive archival research and oral history. Professor Kedward's scholarly and readable history allows the voices of individuals to be heard, and offers us important insights into the nature of community and regional tradition. From the many fascinating case-studies, fully supplemented by detailed maps, emerge a sense of place, a clear understanding of the maquisard, and an unsentimental assessment of the place of the maquis in French history.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-311) and indexes.

This is a study of the maquis in southern France, the Resisters who took to the woods and hills in the struggle against the German Occupation in the Second World War. H. R. Kedward's detailed and perceptive account explores what participation in the maquis meant for those involved, both at the time and subsequently. He examines the motivations of the maquisards and how the circumstances of occupation and resistance affected the ways of life of rural communities in the south of France. This is a rich and original book, which achieves a fruitful integration of extensive archival research and oral history. Professor Kedward's scholarly and readable history allows the voices of individuals to be heard, and offers us important insights into the nature of community and regional tradition. From the many fascinating case-studies, fully supplemented by detailed maps, emerge a sense of place, a clear understanding of the maquisard, and an unsentimental assessment of the place of the maquis in French history.

Resistance and refuge, 1942 -- Refusal and revolt, Spring 1943 -- Hunters and hunted, Summer-Autumn 1943 -- Structures and communities, Winter 1943-1944 -- Strategies and localities, Winter-Spring 1944 -- Insurrections and liberations, Summer 1944 -- Images and memories, 1944 and after -- Oral memories.

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The second of a projected three-volume intensive study of the R'esistance in Vichy France by the leading expert on the subject outside France. This book focuses on the autonomous grass-roots rural fighting units, dubbed maquis to emphasize their hide-and-seek tactics in the mountainous forests of southern France and composed primarily of young men who had escaped Vichy recruitment of workers for labor in Germany. Like the preceding work Resistance in Vichy France (CH, Dec'78) this reflective, well-balanced, and elegantly written book relies heavily on oral accounts by participants and on the author's own extensive knowledge of the physical surroundings of the southern French countryside in the half-occupied zone sud of Vichy France. In addition, Kedward has used records now available in the French National and southern departmental archives. This permits the reader a glimpse into the experience of the maquisards and the local villagers who sustained the fighters. The 23 personal reminiscences appended at the end of the book add a fascinating personal note. General; undergraduate; graduate; faculty. D. Prowe; Carleton College

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