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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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Epilogue: Remembering the Occupation

Epilogue: Remembering the Occupation

(p.601) Epilogue: Remembering the Occupation
France: The Dark Years, 1940–1944

Julian Jackson

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the long battle to claim the inheritance of the Resistance, a battle which was itself only the beginning of a longer war of memory over the Occupation. It argues that the recent seemingly endless stream of pseudo-revelations about Moulin and the Resistance may be symptomatic of nothing more profound than a predilection for conspiracy theories and a media-generated obsession with historical scoops. Historians alone will never be able to resolve these quarrels of memory which are, at their most fundamental level, debates about national identity. Clearly any attempt to build an identity around the idea that Vichy was not France will be doomed to failure.

Keywords:   France, German occupation, Resistance movement, liberation, de Gaulle, Vichy regime

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