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France: The Dark Years,
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Julian Jackson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207061

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207061.001.0001

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The Shadow of War: Cultural Anxieties and Modern Nightmares

The Shadow of War: Cultural Anxieties and Modern Nightmares

(p.27) 1 The Shadow of War: Cultural Anxieties and Modern Nightmares
France: The Dark Years, 1940–1944

Julian Jackson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the cultural legacy of the Great War, suggesting that it provided a repository of themes, transcending left and right, which in many respects anticipated Vichy. The war is an obvious place to start because, after all, the Vichy regime was headed by the popular hero of that war. It is striking how much Vichy’s National Revolution owed to the rhetoric of the Great War: the exaltation of national unity, the celebration of the Soldier-Peasant and the nurturing Mother, the cult of the military leader, and the suspicion of politicians.

Keywords:   Great War, soldier-peasant, France, national unity, Mother, military leader

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