Jews and Gender in Liberation France

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This book takes a new look at occupied and liberated France through the dual prism of race, specifically Jewishness, and gender - core components of Vichy ideology.

Imagining liberation, and the potential post-Vichy state, lay at the heart of resistance strategy. The development of these ideas, and their transformation into policy at liberation, form the basis of an enquiry that reveals a society which, while split deeply at the political level, found considerable agreement over questions of race, the family and gender. This is explained through an analysis of republican assimilation which insists that gender was as important a factor as nationality or ethnicity. The concept of the 'long liberation' provides a framework for understanding the continuing influence of the liberation on post-war France, where scientific planning came to the fore, but whose exponents were profoundly imbued with reductive beliefs about Jews and women that were familiar during Vichy.

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"K.H. Adler has written an important book that offers readers a stimulating evaluation of the construction of national identity in France after its liberation in August 1944." Canadian Journal of History, David A. Messenger, Carroll College (Montana)

"Adler's book, elegantly written, sophisticated in conceptualization, and deeply researched, is a welcome addition to the growing literature on French national identity formation, immigration, and assimilationism." The International History Review, Alice L. Conklin, Ohio State University

"A compelling rereading of the postwar years." H-FRANCE

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Meet the Author

Karen Adler is Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Nottingham.
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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction: the long liberation 1
2 Narrating liberation 7
3 Anticipating liberation: the gendered nation in print 30
4 Limiting liberation: 'the French for France' 68
5 Controlling liberation: Georges Mauco and a population fit for France 106
6 Liberation in place: Jewish women in the city 144
7 Conclusion 175
Notes 186
Bibliography 227
Index 259
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