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Fighters in the Shadows
Author: Robert Gildea

ISBN: 9780571280360
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 27 July 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0 x 3.9
Description:
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, Fighters in the Shadows tells the story of the French Resistance - as it was, rather than how some choose to remember it.

The story of the French Resistance is central to French identity, but it is a story built on myths. 'La Resistance francaise' was not simply a national effort to free the country from German occupation, but a wider struggle, filled with conflicts and division. It included Spanish republicans, Italian and even German anti-Nazis. The defence against the Holocaust brought in Jewish resisters and Christian rescuers. It involved a civil war for the French Empire in Africa and the Near East. The movement itself was split between those on the far right and the far left, fighting for very different visions of the world.

Robert Gildea returns to the testimonies of the resisters themselves, asking who they were, what they believed in and what compelled them to take the terrible risks they did. He brings to the fore the women resisters, who history neglected. By looking again at the constructions and interplay of the myths surrounding the re...

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