Sophomore Seminar: France at War, 1934-1944|
Beginning with a Parisian riot widely understood to be a fascist insurrection in 1934, followed immediately by massive popular protests from the Left, France entered a decade in which it was at war with itself, often characterized as a Franco-French civil war. These were years of uncommon political engagement, disappointments, struggle, and multiple disasters. A divided France encountered the menace of another European war, concluding with its astonishing defeat in 1940 by Nazi Germany. This seminar explores the ideological antagonisms that shaped French life during the Popular Front, a broad alliance of the Left, 1934-1938, and during the German occupation, 1940-1944, when French authorities collaborated with the occupier. We will consider interpretation and memory of these dark years and draw upon documents, films, memoirs, and journalistic accounts.
Several short papers and a major research paper will be required. These will require analysis, specific argument, and documentation concerning specific problems of historical interpretation.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Julian Jackson, Defending Democracy: The Popular Front in France
Eugen Weber, The Hollow Years: France in the 1930s
Joel Colton, Léon Blum: Humanist in Politics
Joel Blatt, The French Defeat of 1940
Marc Bloch, The Strange Defeat
Julian Jackson, The Fall of France
Richard Vinen, The Unfree French
Henry Rousso, The Vichy Syndrome
Robert Paxton, Vichy France
|Examinations and Assignments: |
No examinations. Several short papers and a major research paper.
|Instructor(s): Greene,Nathanael Times: .M..... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: ALLB304; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 0||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 15||FR: 0|
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