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The Rule of EmpiresThose Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall$
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Timothy H. Parsons

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931156

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199931156.001.0001

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France under the Nazis

France under the Nazis

Imperial Endpoint

(p.351) 7 France under the Nazis
The Rule of Empires

Timothy H. Parsons

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of the occupation of France by Nazi Germany in 1940. It highlights the effectiveness of Adolf Hitler's blitzkrieg and discusses the similarities of French defeat with the sudden and apocalyptic victories of earlier generations of empire builders. It discusses the actions of French leaders including Marshal Henri-Philippe Petain under German rule, Germany's Operation Seduction and the French people's reaction to their imperial subjecthood. This chapter also mentions that the French tried so hard to forget the humiliation associated with their four-year occupation by the Germans.

Keywords:   France, Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, blitzkrieg, Henri-Philippe Petain, Operation Seduction, imperial subjecthood

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