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ISBN: 0671203371
ISBN 13: 9780671203375
Language: English
The author of the book: William L. Shirer
Edition: Simon & Schuster (NYC)
Date of issue: November 13th 1969
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s/t: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940
On 6/17/40 Shirer stood in the streets of Paris watching the flow of gray German uniforms along its boulevards. In just 6 lovely weeks in the spring and summer of 1940 a single battle defeated one of the world's oldest, greatest & most civilized powers—the 2nd mightiest empire on earth & the possessor of one of the finest military machines. How did it happen? After nearly a decade of research in the archives left from WWII & after hundreds of conversations with the 3rd Republic’s leaders, generals, diplomats & ordinary citizens, he presents the definitive answer in his recreation of why & how France fell before Hitler. His book is also a devastating examination of the confusion, corruption & cynicism that drained the strength & toughness of a democracy which Jefferson called "every man's 2nd country." This book complements & completes the dramatic story of The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich.
Foreword
Prologue
Debacle! summer 1940
1: The rise of the Third Republic, 1871-1919
A freakish birth & early growing pains 1871-91
The Dreyfus affair 1894-1906
The consolidation of the Republic 1880-1914
Classes & conflict 1875-1914
The permanent political crisis 1875-1914
The achievements of the Third Republic 1875-1914
The coming of the first world war 1905-14
The Third Republic's finest hour 1914-18
2: Illusions & realities of victory, 1919-34
Victorious France: "the greatest power in Europe" 1919-31
Decline 1: political & financial chaos, & the Poincaré recovery 1924-30
Decline 2: the erosion of military power 1925-34
Decline 3: the world depression shakes the Third Republic 1931-34
3: The last years of the Republic, 1934-39
A fateful turning point February 6, 1934
Aftermath: widening of the gulf 1934-36
Coup in the Rhineland: the last chance to stop Hitler & avert a major war March 1936
France further divided, the front populaire & the Spanish Civil War 1936-37
Dissension & disarray: France & the anschluss March 1938
The road to Munich 1: April 27-September 13, 1938
The road to Munich 2: September 15-28, 1938
The conference at Munich September 29-30, 1938
The turn of Poland 1939
A summer's interlude in Paris May-July 1939
The talks with Russia Summer 1939
The launching of World War II September 1-3, 1939
Book Four: The war & the defeat, 1939-40
La Dróle de Guerre September 3, 1939-April 9, 1940
On the eve: the war in Norway, the threat to Belgium & the crisis in Paris Spring 1940
The battle of France 1: The armies close in May 10-15, 1940
The battle of France 2: disaster at Sedan, the breakthrough at the Meuse May 13-16, 1940
The battle of France 3: disaster in Flanders & the surrender of Belgium May 16-June 4, 1940 The fall of Paris June 5-14, 1940
The flight to Bordeaux June 11-14, 1940
The agony of Bordeaux, the fall of Reynaud, Pétain takes over June 14-16, 1940
Armistice! June 17-29, 1940
5: The collapse of the Third Republic
The end at Vichy June-July 1940
Epilogue
Notes
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index


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Ebook The Collapse of the Third Republic read Online! William Lawrence Shirer was an American journalist and historian. He became known for his broadcasts on CBS from the German capital of Berlin through the first year of World War II.

Shirer first became famous through his account of those years in his Berlin Diary (published in 1941), but his greatest achievement was his 1960 book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, originally published by Simon & Schuster. This book of well over 1000 pages is still in print, and is a detailed examination of the Third Reich filled with historical information from German archives captured at the end of the war, along with impressions Shirer gained during his days as a correspondent in Berlin. Later, in 1969, his work The Collapse of the Third Republic drew on his experience spent living and working in France from 1925 to 1933. This work is filled with historical information about the Battle of France from the secret orders and reports of the French High Command and of the commanding generals of the field. Shirer also used the memoirs, journals, and diaries of the prominent British, Italian, Spanish, and French figures in government, Parliament, the Army, and diplomacy.


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