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Paris at War, 1939-44
March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
David Drake, author and independent scholar specialising in French politics and society
David Drake was Head of French and Modern Languages at Middlesex University and subsequently taught at the Institute of European Studies at Paris VIII University.
It was while working in Paris that he began writing and researching Paris at War 1939-1944 which was published in 2015 by Harvard University Press. It received very positive reviews and was selected by the Glasgow Herald as one of its books of the year.
Paris at War chronicles the lives of ordinary Parisians during World War II, from September 1939 when France went to war with Nazi Germany to liberation in August 1944. It describes the fearful exodus from the city as the German army neared the capital, the relief and disgust felt when the armistice was signed, and the hardships and deprivations under Occupation. David Drake contrasts the plight of working-class Parisians with the comparative comfort of the rich, exposes the activities of collaborationists, and traces the growth of the Resistance from producing leaflets to gunning down German soldiers. He details the intrigues and brutality of the occupying forces, and life in the notorious transit camp at nearby Drancy, along with three other less well known Jewish work camps within the city.
David Drake has published widely – including two monographs – on French intellectuals and politics in France in the twentieth century and is an internationally recognised authority on Jean-Paul Sartre.
In 2005, the French state publicly recognised David’s contribution to the promotion of French culture by making him a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
- March 27
- 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm