Britain and France in Two World Wars : Truth, Myth and Memory

By: Tombs, RobertContributor(s): Chabal, EmileMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013Description: 1 online resource (215 p.)ISBN: 9781441106353Subject(s): World War, 1914-1918 -- France | World War, 1914-1918 -- Great Britain | World War, 1939-1945 -- France | World War, 1939-1945 -- Great BritainGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Britain and France in Two World Wars : Truth, Myth and MemoryDDC classification: 940.5 LOC classification: D759 -- .B75 2013ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover-Page -- Half-Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Contributors -- Editors -- 'Two Great Peoples' -- Notes -- PART ONE The First World War -- Introduction -- Notes -- 1 Crossed wires, 1904-14 -- National requirements from Franco-British collaboration, 1905-14 -- Cultural crossed wires -- Militarization and more misunderstanding in the Entente -- Remembrance of alliance past -- Notes -- 2 Unequal Sacrifice? Two Armies, Two Wars? -- Notes -- 3 1918: The Push to Victory -- The balance sheet at the start of 1918 -- German spring offensives, March-July 1918
Allied counteroffensives -- The logistics of supply -- Conclusion -- Notes -- PART TWO The Second World War -- Introduction -- Imperial entanglements: Suspicion, hostility and dependence -- Imperial pride and post-war decline -- Notes -- 4 Dunkirk in Military Operations, Myths and Memories -- Roads to Dunkirk -- Recriminations -- Representations -- Tangled memories -- Notes -- 5 The British, the Free French and the Resistance -- Multiple actors in a three-way relationship -- In search of the Resistance: The Free French and the British in 1940-41 -- Preparing for D Day
Conclusion: Shared experiences, divergent narratives -- Notes -- 6 The British and the Liberation of France -- Beginnings -- Disappointment in the East -- The reasons for British failure -- The Liberation and after -- Britain: A junior partner? -- Notes -- PART THREE Remembering and Forgetting -- Introduction -- Notes -- 7 Cultural Divergences in Patterns of Remembering the Great War in Britain and France -- Glory -- Futility -- Calendars of commemoration -- Emphases, occlusions, omissions -- Memory or la mémoire? -- Notes -- 8 The Second World War through French and British Eyes
The 'phoney war' or the forgotten recovery -- From the shock of defeat to the '1940 syndrome' -- The British, Vichy and de Gaulle: Remembering and forgetting -- The forgotten role of the British in the Liberation of France -- Yalta: A French victory without de Gaulle -- A forgotten French capitulation: Syria in May 1945 -- Conclusion: The politics of forgetting -- Notes -- 9 France, Britain and the Narrative of Two World Wars -- Notes -- Index
Summary: France and Britain, indispensable allies in two world wars, remember and forget their shared history in contrasting ways. The book examines key episodes in the relationship between the two countries, including the outbreak of war in 1914, the battles of the Somme and Verdun, the Fall of France in 1940, Dunkirk, and British involvement in the French Resistance and the 1944 Liberation. The contributors discuss how the two countries tend to forget what they owe to each other, and have a distorted view of history which still colours and prejudices their relationship today, despite government effor
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Cover-Page -- Half-Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Contributors -- Editors -- 'Two Great Peoples' -- Notes -- PART ONE The First World War -- Introduction -- Notes -- 1 Crossed wires, 1904-14 -- National requirements from Franco-British collaboration, 1905-14 -- Cultural crossed wires -- Militarization and more misunderstanding in the Entente -- Remembrance of alliance past -- Notes -- 2 Unequal Sacrifice? Two Armies, Two Wars? -- Notes -- 3 1918: The Push to Victory -- The balance sheet at the start of 1918 -- German spring offensives, March-July 1918

Allied counteroffensives -- The logistics of supply -- Conclusion -- Notes -- PART TWO The Second World War -- Introduction -- Imperial entanglements: Suspicion, hostility and dependence -- Imperial pride and post-war decline -- Notes -- 4 Dunkirk in Military Operations, Myths and Memories -- Roads to Dunkirk -- Recriminations -- Representations -- Tangled memories -- Notes -- 5 The British, the Free French and the Resistance -- Multiple actors in a three-way relationship -- In search of the Resistance: The Free French and the British in 1940-41 -- Preparing for D Day

Conclusion: Shared experiences, divergent narratives -- Notes -- 6 The British and the Liberation of France -- Beginnings -- Disappointment in the East -- The reasons for British failure -- The Liberation and after -- Britain: A junior partner? -- Notes -- PART THREE Remembering and Forgetting -- Introduction -- Notes -- 7 Cultural Divergences in Patterns of Remembering the Great War in Britain and France -- Glory -- Futility -- Calendars of commemoration -- Emphases, occlusions, omissions -- Memory or la mémoire? -- Notes -- 8 The Second World War through French and British Eyes

The 'phoney war' or the forgotten recovery -- From the shock of defeat to the '1940 syndrome' -- The British, Vichy and de Gaulle: Remembering and forgetting -- The forgotten role of the British in the Liberation of France -- Yalta: A French victory without de Gaulle -- A forgotten French capitulation: Syria in May 1945 -- Conclusion: The politics of forgetting -- Notes -- 9 France, Britain and the Narrative of Two World Wars -- Notes -- Index

France and Britain, indispensable allies in two world wars, remember and forget their shared history in contrasting ways. The book examines key episodes in the relationship between the two countries, including the outbreak of war in 1914, the battles of the Somme and Verdun, the Fall of France in 1940, Dunkirk, and British involvement in the French Resistance and the 1944 Liberation. The contributors discuss how the two countries tend to forget what they owe to each other, and have a distorted view of history which still colours and prejudices their relationship today, despite government effor

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Robert Tombs is Professor of French History at the University of Cambridge, UK. Emile Chabal is a Chancellor's Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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