Resiting French resistance

Kedward, H R (1999) Resiting French resistance. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 9. pp. 271-282. ISSN 0080-4401

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Abstract

Exceptions, minorities, non-conformities, individual refusals and small group actions, these are words with which historians of the French Resistance learn to live. The words allow social detail to flourish, but they stand in the way of general social conclusions and question the kind of class representation which seems so convincing in René Clément's film of the resistance of railway workers, La Bataille du rail (1946), but which cannot be sustained for the working class as a whole. Is there a social history of the Resistance? Are all generalities suspect? The French nation as a category is far too large, so is the working class, and equally so the bourgeoisie and the peasantry: it has often been argued that social and political categorisation of the Resistance is nothing but a captivating mirage, tantalising every new interpreter who sets out to give much needed structure to empirical research.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DC History of France
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:34
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 08:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17183

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