Book Orphans of the Republic : the nation's legislators in Vichy France / Olivier Wieviorka ; translated by George Holoch.
Publication year: 2009.
Call Number DC397 .W54 2009
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674032613 0674032616
Translated from the French.
"Originally published as Les orphelins de la République : destinées des députés et sénateurs français (1940-1945), Éditions du Seuil, 2001"--T.p. verso.
Series title: Harvard historical studies ; 164
Extent: x, 436 p. : map ; 25 cm.
"On July 10, 1940, by a 570 to 80 margin, the deputies and senators in the French parliament voted full powers to Philippe Pétain, a man who was no friend to democratic institutions. The vote ended the Third Republic and paved the way for the collaborationist Vichy regime ... Pétain claimed to be saving France from ruin. The day of the vote has been described as the 'journée des dupes', the legislators so ignorant or fearful that they voted without a thought to the consequences. But [Olivier] Wieviorka shows that most of the deputies made a considered decision to vote for Pétain. He analyzes the factors, including political culture, party affiliation, and regional origins, that motivated the voting on both sides and traces the men's sometimes surprising fates through the war"--Dust jkt.
Introduction : in search of meaning -- The rules of the game -- Politics first? -- Here we stand, Maréchal? : July 1940 to November 1942 -- Parting the waters : 1942-1944 -- Purge.