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Herbst, James

The Politics of Apoliticism

Political Trials in Vichy France, 1940-1942

DE GRUYTER OLDENBOURG

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    Publication Date:
    2019
    Copyright year:
    2019
    To be published:
    March 2019
    ISBN
    978-3-11-061016-1
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    Aims and Scope

    The Riom trial was a disaster for the Vichy government. Uniquely among show trials, it failed to result in a conviction. This book will argue that the failure cannot be blamed on the way German demands shaped the trial, because Riom was fundamentally about domestic French politics.

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    Approx. 230 pages
    DE GRUYTER OLDENBOURG
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
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    The Vichy government of France (1940-1944) tried to bolster its legitimacy, despite German occupation of two thirds of the national territory, by putting on trial the leaders of the previous regime, the Third Republic. James Herbst’s study of Vichy’s political trials, the first in English based on full access to the archives, is illuminating about that regime’s intentions and values.

    Robert O. Paxton, professor emeritus, Columbia University

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