Strange Defeat: A Statement Of Evidence Written In 1940 by Marc BlochStrange Defeat: A Statement Of Evidence Written In 1940 by Marc Bloch

Strange Defeat: A Statement Of Evidence Written In 1940

byMarc Bloch

Paperback | July 15, 1999

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Marc Bloch wrote Strange Defeat during the three months following the fall of France, after he returned home from military service. In the midst of his anguish, he nevertheless "brought to his study of the crisis all the critical faculty and all the penetrating analysis of a first-rate historian" (Christian Science Monitor). Bloch takes a close look at the military failures he witnessed, examining why France was unable to respond to attack quickly and effectively. He gives a personal account of the battle of France, followed by a biting analysis of the generation between the wars. His harsh conclusion is that the immediate cause of the disaster was the utter incompetence of the High Command, but his analysis ranges broadly, appraising all the factors, social as well as military, which since 1870 had undermined French national solidarity. "Much has been, and will be, written in explanation of the defeat of France in 1940, but it seems unlikely that the truth of the matter will ever be more accurately and more vividly presented than in this statement of evidence." — P. J. Philip, New York Times Book Review "The most wisdom-packed commentary on the problem set [before] all intelligent and patriotic Frenchmen by the events of 1940." — D. W. Brogan, Spectator
Marc Bloch was a French historian who cofounded the Annales School of French social history. He was captured and shot by the Gestapo in 1944 for his work with the French Resistance.
Title:Strange Defeat: A Statement Of Evidence Written In 1940Format:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.52 inPublished:July 15, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393319113

ISBN - 13:9780393319118


From Our Editors

In hindsight it seems strange that France was so terribly unprepared for the Nazi invasion in 1940. That's why it's so important to look at the writings of people who were around at the time. Marc Bloch was a Resistance fighter who put pen to paper three months after his country's defeat to expose the incompetence of the High Command along with other social and military factors on the French side. What emerges is Strange Defeat, an authentic and rare portrait of why France failed against the Nazis in 1940. Although he was eventually executed by the Nazis, Bloch was first able to give us a vivid and up-close account of what happened with the sharp analysis of an expert historian.