Marianne in Chains

Daily Life in the Heart of France During the German Occupation

Robert Gildea

Metropolitan Books

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A startling and original view of the occupation of the French heartland, based on a new investigation of everyday life under Nazi rule

In France, the German occupation is called simply the “dark years.” There were only the “good French” who resisted and the “bad French” who collaborated. Marianne in Chains, a broad and provocative history, uncovers a rather different story, one in which the truth is more complex and humane.

Drawing on previously unseen archives, firsthand interviews, diaries, and eyewitness accounts, Robert Gildea reveals everyday life in the heart of occupied France. He describes the pressing imperatives of work, food, transportation, and family obligations that led to unavoidable compromise and negotiation with the army of occupation. In the process, he sheds light on such subjects as forced labor, the role of the Catholic Church, the “horizontal collaboration” between French women and German soldiers, and, most surprisingly, the ambivalent attitude of ordinary people toward the Resistance.

A great work of reconstruction, Marianne in Chains provides a clear view, unobscured by romance or polemics, of the painful ambiguities of living under tyranny.

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“Remarkable . . . the most humane and nuanced account of wartime France to date. If there is one book on the subject which people should read then this is surely it.” --Michael Burleigh, author of The Third Reich

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Robert Gildea

Robert Gildea is a professor of modern European history at the University of Oxford. His previous books include France Since 1945 and The Past in French History. He lives in Oxford.

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Marianne in Chains
Daily Life in the Heart of France During the German Occupation
Robert Gildea

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
July 2013
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ISBN: 9781466850217
ISBN10: 1466850213
528 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs and five maps
$7.99

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Picador
June 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312423599
ISBN10: 0312423594
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 528 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs and five maps
$22.00
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