Thursday, July 28, 2011

Voices from Wartime France 1939-1945 now available

We have purchased Voices from Wartime France 1939-1945: Clandestine Resistance and Vichy Newspapers on the Archives Unbound platform (where we also have East Germany from Stalinization to the New Economic Policy, 1950-1963). Access is available now and it will appear in the library catalogue and LibGuides (including our A-Z list of databases) very soon.

Voices from Wartime France, 1939-45: Clandestine Resistance and Vichy Newspapers constitutes the sum of the French press that actually reached Britain during the Occupation of 1940-44. It is the record of what was known by the British about the hearts and minds of the French people at the most dramatic period of their shared history. This unique collection offers the complete French holdings of the British Library, acquired through a variety of intelligence, clandestine and neutral sources, offering as full a view of life during the War as was possible at the time.

The British Library holds many resistance titles never acquired by the Bibliothèque Nationale, because it was under German occupation. Indeed this is the biggest and most important collection of titles from Occupied France anywhere outside France, and has remained almost unknown to the scholarly community. Offering a full picture of the basis on which many key political decisions were made in Britain about the conduct of the war in France, this significant discovery will offer new light on a much studied period.

Resistance papers were produced anonymously by the Maquis, deep in the provinces, and smuggled to Britain to be used by the Foreign Office Intelligence Division.

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