The Resistance in Western Europe, 1940–1945

The Resistance in Western Europe, 1940–1945

In just three months in 1940, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France fell to the Nazis. The German occupation of Western Europe had begun—but a brave few rose up in defiance. National resistance has long been celebrated in remembrances of World War II, depicted as making significant contributions to the defeat of Nazi Germany. However, the so-called army of shadows drew heavily on the support of London and Washington, a fact often forgotten in postwar Europe. The Resistance in Western Europe, 1940–1945 is a sweeping analytical history of the underground anti-Nazi forces during World War II. Examining clandestine organizations in Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Italy, Olivier Wieviorka sheds new light on the factors that shaped the resistance and its place in the grand scheme of Anglo-American military strategy. While national actors played a leading role in fomenting resistance, British and American intelligence services and propaganda as well as financial, material, and logistical support were crucial to its activities and growth. Wieviorka illuminates the policies of governments in exile and resistance actors regarding cooperation with the British and Americans, pointing to the persistence of national self-interest and long-standing historical tensions. Drawing on a wide range of archival sources and bringing together the political, diplomatic, and military dimensions of the conflict, this book is the first account of the resistance on a continental scale and from a trans-European perspective.


Author
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date
ISBN 0231548648
Pages 488 pages
Rating 4/5 (49 users)

More Books:

The Resistance in Western Europe, 1940–1945
Language: en
Pages: 488
Authors: Olivier Wieviorka
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-09-03 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

In just three months in 1940, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France fell to the Nazis. The German occupation of Western Europe had b
Resistance in Western Europe
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Bob Moore
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000-08 - Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic

This text provides an analysis of individual national historiographies on resistance movements in Western Europe in World War II. It discusses the debates they
The Undaunted
Language: en
Pages: 346
Authors: Ronald Seth
Categories: World War, 1939-1945
Type: BOOK - Published: 1956 - Publisher:

Forfatterens formål med denne bog er, at give læseren en ide om omfanget af modstandsbevægelsen i Vesteuropa, Jugoslavien og Grækenland og det bidrag denne
A Political History of Western Europe Since 1945
Language: en
Pages: 374
Authors: Derek W. Urwin
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-07-22 - Publisher: Routledge

Taking a thematic approach, Derek Urwin addresses the major political and economic developments in western Europe since World War II, right up to the present da
Possibilities of Civilian Defense in Western Europe
Language: en
Pages: 184
Authors: Gustaaf Geeraerts
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-10-30 - Publisher: Routledge

This is a collection of the 13 essays making up the proceedings of the 2nd international working conference on violence and non-violent action in industrialized
The Moment of Liberation in Western Europe
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Gerd-Rainer Horn
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-03-19 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Moment of Liberation in Western Europe, 1943-1948, regards the final two years of World War II and the immediate post-liberation period as a moment in twent
The Era of World War II
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Louise A. Arnold-Friend
Categories: Government publications
Type: BOOK - Published: 1979 - Publisher:

Western Europe’s Democratic Age
Language: en
Pages: 376
Authors: Martin Conway
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-06-14 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

A major new history of how democracy became the dominant political force in Europe in the second half of the twentieth century What happened in the years follow
An Economic and Social History of Western Europe since 1945
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Anthony Sutcliffe
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-09-19 - Publisher: Routledge

This is the ideal companion text to A Political History of Western Europe Since 1945. It is an introductory survey which explains how western Europe built up it
The French Resistance
Language: en
Pages: 584
Authors: Olivier Wieviorka
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-26 - Publisher: Harvard University Press

Olivier Wieviorka’s history of the French Resistance debunks lingering myths and offers fresh insight into social, political, and military aspects of its oper