By Jacques Sapir
Et si l. a. France avait continué los angeles guerre en juin 1940 ? Et si le gouvernement français avait continué los angeles lutte contre l’Allemagne hitlérienne depuis l’Afrique du Nord ?
Telles sont les questions posées par cet essai où l’histoire rencontre l. a. fiction à travers une oeuvre romanesque haletante et poignante.
Ainsi prend forme une façon entièrement novatrice de relire et d’étudier l’histoire de l’année 1940, dans tous ses features : politique, économique, diplomatique et stratégique. Une substitute aux journées tragiques de juin à décembre 1940 se dessine alors, le contraste entre le attainable et le réel n’ayant qu’un seul yet : montrer que l. a. décision de demander un armistice n’était en rien inéluctable.
Voici le récit d’une histoire qui n’a pas été, mais qui aurait pu être.
« Un récit maîtrisé et plein de suspense, un exercice intellectuel stimulant ponctué de qualities d’humour. » L’Express
« Une ‘‘uchronie” aussi sérieuse qu’excitante.
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It is scarcely possible to give a complete picture of the many-faceted spectrum of opinions; instead we are obliged to make a selection from the standpoint of their political importance. In this survey we shall consider particularly the leaders and spokesmen of political parties, of the churches and other important interest-groups, including students, for example. ' More precisely, which of the politically articulate social groups at that time were prepared in principle to accept or contemplate the use of military force as an instrument of foreign policy, and which other groups were opposed to this or advocated a policy of peaceful understanding with other countries?
Lange, Hirlers u1lbeadlrere M/Uimen. 2. Nazi Ideology and Hitler's War Plans 19 permanent struggle is the law of life, has not the right to exist. 34 The central idea of a 'struggle for life' (Lebenskampf),35 which Hitler repeatedly invoked in the first volume of Mein Kampf and which was no doubt influenced by Darwin,36 did not necessarily mean war in all circumstances, but it included the notion of war from the beginning. Hitler always regarded war as 'one of the obvious ways of attaining political ends.
Relations between the Stahlhelm and the NSDAP were not institutionalized until fairly late, as Hitler forbade members of his party to belong to both organizations. They joined forces in order to destroy the republic in 1931, with the creation of the Harzburg front. 82 From then onwards the Stahlhelm became one of the chief forerunners of Hitler's dictatorship-to some extent consciously, to some extent against its will. 84 There is no doubt that the NSDAP and the Stahlhelm were united in hostility to democracy,8S liberalism, and socialism, as well as in the emphasis they laid on militarism.