Mayoral Collaboration under Nazi Occupation in Belgium, the Netherlands and France, 1938-46

  • Nico Wouters

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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    Pages 1-10
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    Pages 11-31
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    Pages 83-112
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    Pages 147-220
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 331-350

About this book


This book explores the role of mayors in navigating the realities of living and governing under Nazi occupation. In Western Europe under Nazi occupation, mayors of villages and cities were forced into strategic cooperation with the occupier. Mayors had to provide good governance, mediate between occupier and populations, maintain personal legitimacy, and build local consensus. However, as national systems underwent authoritarian reform and collaborationists infiltrated administrations, local governments were gradually turned into instruments of Nazi control and repression. Nico Wouters uses rich new archival data to compare the realities of local government in three countries. Looking at topics such as food supply, public order and safety, forced labour, the repression of resistance, the persecution of the Jews and post-war purges, this book redefines our knowledge of collaboration, resistance and accommodation during Nazi occupation.


Third Reich Second World War Local politics Western Europe Low Countries

Authors and affiliations

  • Nico Wouters
    • 1
  1. 1.Cegesoma, Ghent UniversityBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32840-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32841-6
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