Saturday, July 11, 2015

Remembering the Fall of the Third Republic

Last year saw the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, and the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II (at least, as we usually think of it in the West).

Naturally, this year too has its share of such anniversaries. The past two months have marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Battle of France, and yesterday the end of the French Third Republic, and the founding of the pro-Axis Vichy regime.

As it happens, William Shirer wrote a noted book on the event. You can read my review here, along with a second post more narrowly concerned with his discussion of how it happened.

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