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Memory of War in France, 1914-45: Cesar Fauxbras, the Voice of the Lowly [Hardcover]

Matt Perry

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19 Jan 2011
Memory of War in France, 1914-45: César Fauxbras, the Voice of the Lowly examines France in the era of world war through the eyes of the veteran, activist and novelist, César Fauxbras. First it explores the French navy of the Great War and the mutinies of the French fleet of 1919 in the memory of the rank and file sailor. Then, it considers the spirit of 1930s France focusing on the experience of unemployment, interwar pacifism, and the politics of the Popular Front. Finally, with the return of war, Fauxbras's work also provides the basis to reflect upon the attitudes of French prisoners of war to defeat in 1940 and of ordinary Parisians under the iron heel of German occupation. His writings provide a unique and illuminating itinerary through this tumultuous period.

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'It is to Perry's credit that each chapter leaves the reader wanting to read more of Fauxbras.' - Chris Millington, Cardiff University, French History
'Fauxbras is an intrinsically interesting character, and Perry is to be praised for rescuing him from relative obscurity...Memory of War in France provides a springboard for future social histories of memory and an engaging narrative of one man's attempt to understand, critique and shape the testing times he lived through.' -Chris Pearson, University of Warwick, Journal of Contemporary History
'As well as providing a rich and fascinating account of the experiences of ordinary people in these extraordinary times, it also offers a stimulating reflection on the relationship between micro- and macro-history, its emphasis on individual political trajectories a timely counter-balance to studies of collective memory...In itself, Perry's book is a model of the historian's craft. It should appeal not only to political and cultural historians of twentieth-century France, but also to those interested in the writing of history itself.' Jessica Wardhaugh, University of Warwick, English Historical Review

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A unique examination of France in the era of world war, as seen through the eyes of the veteran, activist and novelist, César Fauxbras

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