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Strange Defeat: A Statement of Evidence Written in 1940

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A renowned historian and Resistance fighter — later executed by the Nazis — analyzes at first hand why France fell in 1940.
Marc Bloch wrote Strange Defeat during the three months following the fall of France, after he returned home from military service. In the midst of his anguish, he nevertheless "brought to his study of the crisis all the critical faculty and all the penetrating analysis of a first-rate historian" (Christian Science Monitor). Bloch takes a close look at the ...

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Overview

A renowned historian and Resistance fighter — later executed by the Nazis — analyzes at first hand why France fell in 1940.
Marc Bloch wrote Strange Defeat during the three months following the fall of France, after he returned home from military service. In the midst of his anguish, he nevertheless "brought to his study of the crisis all the critical faculty and all the penetrating analysis of a first-rate historian" (Christian Science Monitor). Bloch takes a close look at the military failures he witnessed, examining why France was unable to respond to attack quickly and effectively. He gives a personal account of the battle of France, followed by a biting analysis of the generation between the wars. His harsh conclusion is that the immediate cause of the disaster was the utter incompetence of the High Command, but his analysis ranges broadly, appraising all the factors, social as well as military, which since 1870 had undermined French national solidarity. "Much has been, and will be, written in explanation of the defeat of France in 1940, but it seems unlikely that the truth of the matter will ever be more accurately and more vividly presented than in this statement of evidence." — P. J. Philip, New York Times Book Review "The most wisdom-packed commentary on the problem set [before] all intelligent and patriotic Frenchmen by the events of 1940." — D. W. Brogan, Spectator

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393319118
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: (Reissue)
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 398,651
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Bloch was a French historian who cofounded the Annales School of French social history. He was captured and shot by the Gestapo in 1944 for his work with the French Resistance.

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    A Great Read!

    Marc Bloch does not disappoint with his work on why France lost the 1940 Campaign (written as he hid from the Gestapo). While it naturally lacks in the fact that it is limited in its scope due to the lack of research (understandable, because he was hiding from the freaking Nazis), it still does a service to those who wish to understand why France fell. He also gives some insight to his own service in that campaign.

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