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Trauma and Treason

  • Richard CarswellEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter outlines in brief the main military and political events of the Battle of France and the demise of the Third Republic. It focuses on people’s reactions to the fighting, the collapse of civil society and to the military defeat. It highlights the common trauma and initial belief that the defeat was caused by treason and a fifth column. It also shows that, despite the first intimations of the theme of decadence as an explanation of the disaster, a small minority of contemporaries understood that the main reasons for the defeat were essentially military.

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