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In this brilliant synthesis of social, political, and cultural history, Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper present a vivid and compelling portrayal of the City of Lights after its liberation. Paris became the diplomatic battleground in the opening stages of the Cold War. Against this volatile political backdrop, every aspect of life is portrayed: scores were settled in a rough and uneven justice, black marketers grew rich on the misery of the population, and a growing number of intellectual luminaries and artists- ...

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In this brilliant synthesis of social, political, and cultural history, Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper present a vivid and compelling portrayal of the City of Lights after its liberation. Paris became the diplomatic battleground in the opening stages of the Cold War. Against this volatile political backdrop, every aspect of life is portrayed: scores were settled in a rough and uneven justice, black marketers grew rich on the misery of the population, and a growing number of intellectual luminaries and artists- including Hemingway, Beckett, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Cocteau, and Picasso-contributed new ideas and a renewed vitality to this extraordinary moment in time.

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Beever and Cooper's highly regarded 1994 volume profiles the political fallout in Paris following the defeat of the Nazis and the rise of communism. It was a time when U.S. and other Allied troops were considered by many French citizens to be the new invaders trying to take over their country. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385471954
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 496

Meet the Author

Antony Beevor is the author of several bestselling works of history. His wife, Artemis Cooper, is the author of Cairo in the War: 1939-1945 and Writing at the Kitchen Table.

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Table of Contents

1 The marshal and the general 3
2 The paths of collaboration and resistance 10
3 The resistance of the interior and the men of London 19
4 The race for Paris 31
5 Liberated Paris 52
6 The passage of exiles 63
7 War tourists and Ritzkrieg 69
8 The Epuration Sauvage 77
9 Provisional government 93
10 Corps Diplomatique 107
11 Liberators and liberated 123
12 Writers and artists in the line of fire 131
13 The return of exiles 145
14 The great trials 155
15 Hunger for the new 170
16 After the deluge 186
17 Communists in government 195
18 The abdication of Charles XI 203
19 The shadow-theatre : plots and counter-plots 221
20 Politics and letters 230
21 The diplomatic battleground 239
22 The fashionable world 250
23 A tale of two cities 260
24 Fighting back against the communists 272
25 The self-fulfilling prophecy 285
26 The republic at bay 297
27 The great boom of Saint-Germain-des-Pres 310
28 The curious triangle 321
29 The treason of the intellectuals 331
30 Americans in Paris 349
31 The tourist invasion 361
32 Paris sera toujours Paris 369
33 Recurring fevers 374
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