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Ego-histories of France and the Second World War

Writing Vichy

  • Manuel Bragança
  • Fransiska Louwagie


  • Provides intellectual autobiographies of fourteen world-leading researchers in the history and memories of France during the Second World War

  • Brings together scholars history, literature, film and cultural studies from across the globe

  • Illuminates the evolution of a dynamic international and interdisciplinary field


Part of the The Holocaust and its Contexts book series (HOLC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Opening Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Manuel Bragança, Fransiska Louwagie
      Pages 3-18
    3. Robert O. Paxton, Manuel Bragança, Fransiska Louwagie
      Pages 19-22
  3. Voices from France

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Marc Dambre
      Pages 25-44
    3. Laurent Douzou
      Pages 45-65
    4. Denis Peschanski
      Pages 67-87
    5. Henry Rousso
      Pages 89-103
  4. Voices Across the Channel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Robert Gildea
      Pages 145-164
    3. Christopher Lloyd
      Pages 165-180
    4. Peter Tame
      Pages 181-197
  5. Voices from Far and Near

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Richard J. Golsan
      Pages 201-217
    3. Colin Nettelbeck
      Pages 243-265
    4. Renée Poznanski
      Pages 267-282

About this book


This volume gathers the intellectual autobiographies of fourteen leading scholars in the fields of history, literature, film and cultural studies who have dedicated a considerable part of their career to researching the history and memories of France during the Second World War. Contributors include Margaret Atack, Marc Dambre, Laurent Douzou, Hilary Footitt, Robert Gildea, Richard J. Golsan, Bertram M. Gordon, Christopher Lloyd, Colin Nettelbeck, Denis Peschanski, Renée Poznanski, Henry Rousso, Peter Tame, and Susan Rubin Suleiman. Based in five different countries, these scholars have played a crucial role in shaping and reshaping what has become a thought-provoking field of research. This volume, which also includes an interview with historian Robert O. Paxton, clarifies the rationales and driving forces behind their work and thus behind our current understanding of one of the darkest and most vividly remembered pages of history in contemporary France.


Pierre Nora Vichy France World War Two Nazi occupation Remembrance

Editors and affiliations

  • Manuel Bragança
    • 1
  • Fransiska Louwagie
    • 2
  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.University of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Manuel Bragança is Assistant Professor in French Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at University College Dublin, Ireland, where he is also a member of the Centre for War Studies and of the Humanities Institute. His research interests focus on the historiography and memories of the Second World War in France and Europe. He is an editor of the online research platform H-France and an assistant editor of the journal Open Cultural Studies.

Fransiska Louwagie is Lecturer in French Studies in the School of Arts at the University of Leicester, UK, where she is also affiliated with the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Her main research focus is on Holocaust testimony and post-Holocaust literature in French. She has co-edited, with Anny Dayan Rosenman, Un ciel de sang et de cendres. Piotr Rawicz et la solitude du témoin (2013) and, with Kirsten Malmkjær and Adriana Serban, Key Cultural Texts in Translation (2018).

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