War of Words: Britain, France and Discourses of Empire During the Second World War

Chin, R. (2022) War of Words: Britain, France and Discourses of Empire During the Second World War. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY. ISBN 9781009181013 (doi: 10.1017/9781009180993)

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War of Words argues that the conflicts that erupted over French colonial territory between 1940 and 1945 are central to understanding British, Vichy and Free French policy-making throughout the war. By analysing the rhetoric that surrounded these clashes, Rachel Chin demonstrates that imperial holdings were valued as more than material and strategic resources. They were formidable symbols of power, prestige and national legitimacy. She shows that having and holding imperial territory was at the core of competing Vichy and Free French claims to represent the true French nation and that opposing images of Franco-British cooperation and rivalry were at the heart of these arguments. The selected case studies show how British-Vichy-Free French relations evolved throughout the war and demonstrate that the French colonial empire played a decisive role in these shifts.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chin, Dr Rachel
Authors: Chin, R.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DC France
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published Online:21 July 2022
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