The Resistance in Western Europe, 1940â "1945


Product Details

Columbia University Press
Publish Date
6.4 X 9.0 X 1.5 inches | 1.85 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Olivier Wieviorka is professor of history at the École normale supérieure de Paris-Saclay. His books in English include The French Resistance (2016), also translated by Jane Marie Todd. Robert O. Paxton is Mellon Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Columbia University. His books include Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order (Columbia, revised edition, 2001). Jane Marie Todd (1957-2021) translated more than ninety books for university presses and art museums, including Claude Lévi-Strauss's We Are All Cannibals (Columbia, 2016).


Wieviorka presents a clear-eyed view of the achievements and limitations of resistance efforts, moving beyond romanticized tales of valor and dismissive tales of military ineffectiveness. Above all, the book shows the vital role played first by the British and, later, American secret services--all too often forgotten in Europe since the war--in coordinating and directing the efforts of disparate movements across Western Europe.--Clifford Rosenberg, City College of New York
This book is as richly informative about the Allies as about the resistance. Wieviorka examines more fully than any previous work the complicated three-way negotiations among the Anglo-American authorities, the exiled governments of France, Holland, Belgium, and Norway in London, and the underground movements that together made it possible to plan and execute clandestine operations.--From the foreword by Robert O. Paxton
Olivier Wieviorka treats the resistance in Western Europe as a multinational coalition. Anglo-Americans supplied arms and funding to resistance groups on the continent, and Resistance movements in turn aided in the Allied war effort. It was part tug-of-war, résistants striving to maintain autonomy, and part pas de deux, the two sides working together in a common effort that helped shape what Wieviorka calls an incipient "European consciousness." This is a history on a grand scale commensurate with the epic character of the complex struggle it recounts.--Philip Nord, Princeton University
With a subject like this, where the stories are almost always saturated with romanticism, and tend to look at events in just one country, Wieviorka's transnational accounting provides a useful antidote.--Thomas E. Ricks "New York Times Book Review "
Masterfully analyzes the resistance to the German occupations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway during World War II.--Foreign Affairs