The sixtieth anniversary of the Liberation of France (2004) has coincided with a very contemporary interest in the processes and implications of one set of countries liberating another. The very words ‘liberation’, ‘invasion’, ‘occupation’ have come to have a currency and a renewed relevance in our discussions. ‘Invading’ a country in order to ‘liberate’ it; ‘occupying’ a country, and ‘changing its regime’, no longer seem actions that might solely have involved our fathers and mothers in much remoter times. In this context, a re-examination of the Liberation of France is not only a timely anniversary enterprise, but is also highly relevant to our present-day preoccupations.


Liberation Process French People Contemporary Interest Liberation Experience French Historian 
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