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1st Edition

By Nicholas Atkin


252 pages

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Paperback: 9780582070370
pub: 1997-10-03
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Pétain (1856-1951) remains one of the most controversial figures in the history of modern France. He was saviour of his country at Verdun in 1916 during the First World War, but tried for treason as head of state of the collaborationist Vichy government after World War II. Were his actions those of a traitor? - or a patriot facing the total disintegration of his country? In exploring the actions of this controversial figure, Nicholas Atkin also reveals the divisions and uncertainties of France herself.

Table of Contents


1. The Officer, 1856-1914.

2. The General, 1914-1918.

3. The Marshal, 1919-1939.

4. The Saviour, 1939-1940.

5. Le Chef, 1940-1942.

6. The Collaborator, 1940-1942.

7. The Figurehead, 1942-1943.

8. The Exile, 1944.

9. The Man and the Myth.

Bibliographical Essay.

List of Abbreviations

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General