L'Impôt du sang
Author: Sergio Luzzatto
Comment l'idéologie de l'universalisme armé que la Grande Nation a léguée à la France contemporaine a-t-elle pu survivre à la confrontation sanglante et répétée avec la dure réalité des guerres mondiales ? A partir de cette question, que Louis Dumont a posée dans Homo aequalis, le livre de Sergio Luzzatto se veut une réflexion critique autour du mythe des guerres de la Révolution. D'une part, l'auteur constate la surprenante vitalité, dans l'imaginaire de la gauche française, de l'universalisme révolutionnaire : pendant la première moitié du XXe siècle, nombre d'intellectuels continuent de penser que tout bon Français est appelé à payer l'impôt du sang pour défendre le sol de la patrie et pour exporter la liberté dans le monde. D'autre part, on observe l'usure progressive de l'idéologie universaliste ; à la rude épreuve de la guerre mondiale, " plus jamais ça ! " devient le cri de ralliement des pacifistes de gauche pour qui tout sang versé est impur, qu'il soit étranger ou français.
La Résistance à l'occupant nazi en France entre 1940 et 1944 n'a pas fini de susciter des controverses, des polémiques, qui semblent même vivifiées ces derniers temps. La question de la Résistance est loin d'être épuisée. Elle apparaît comme étant pleinement de notre temps parce que les débats sur l'intelligibilité de la résistance sont toujours aussi aigus de nos jours.
Author: Stuart Clark
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
This collection reprints key articles written within the past 30 years on the Annales school, their journal, their influence on history, historiography and other academic fields.
Great historians have seldom described the notable events in which they themselves participated. Marc Bloch - author of Feudal Society, the classic study of medieval social systems and co-founder of the influential French historical journal Annales - is an exception, In his powerful memoir The Strange Defeat, he analysed the fall of France in 1940 from the viewpoint of combatant as well as historian. And in his Memoirs of War, 1914â€“15, here in its first English translation (originally published in hard covers in 1980 by Cornell University Press), Bloch left a keen and affecting account of his earliest experience of war. Carole Fink's introduction includes a brief biography of Bloch, discusses the effect of the war upon his intellectual development, and assesses his achievements as a historian. Though Bloch survived the savage trench warfare of the First World War, he was shot by a Gestapo firing squad in 1944 for his participation in the Resistance. Trenchant, inspiring, and tersely written, Memoirs of War, 1914â€“15 is a monument to a great scholar and fierce patriot.
Author: Joris-Karl Huysmans
Publisher: Ams Pr Incorporated
First published in English in 1973, The Royal Touch explores the supernatural character that was long attributed to royal power. Throughout history, both France and England claimed to hold kings with healing powers who, by their touch, could cure people from all strands of society from illness and disease. Indeed, the idea of royalty as something miraculous and sacred was common to the whole of Western Europe. Using the work of both professional scholars and of doctors, this work stands as a contribution to the political history of Europe.
Author: Emmanuel Mounier
French Rural History
Author: Marc Léopold Benjamin Bloch
Publisher: Univ of California Press
The Iron Cage
Author: Rashid Khalidi
Publisher: Beacon Press
A timely and compelling examination of the Palestinian dilemma, named one of the 100 best books of the year by Publishers Weekly This story of the Palestinian search to establish a state begins in the era of British control over Palestine and stretches between the two world wars and into the present, offering much-needed perspective for anyone concerned about peace in the Middle East. "Rashid Khalidi is a historian's historian. The Iron Cage is his most accomplished effort to date . . . Magisterial in scope, meticulous in its attention to detail, and decidedly dispassionate in its analysis, The Iron Cage is destined to be a benchmark of its genre." -Joel Schalit, Tikkun "At heart a historical essay, an effort to decide why the Palestinians . . . have failed to achieve an independent state." -Steven Erlanger, New York Times "Khalidi, tackling 'historical amnesia,'brilliantly analyses the structural handicap which hobbled the Palestinians throughout 30 years of British rule . . . Khalidi restores the Palestinians to something more than victims, acknowledging that for all their disadvantages, they have played their role and can (and must) still do so to determine their own fate." -Ian Black, Guardian "Khalidi uses history to provide a clear-eyed view of the region and assess the prospects for peace. He strives successfully for even-handedness." -Anthony Lewis, author of Gideon's Trumpet and Make No Law
And There Was Light
Author: Jacques Lusseyran
Publisher: New World Library
The book that helped inspire Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See An updated edition of this classic World War II memoir, chosen as one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century, with a new photo insert and restored passages from the original French edition When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. He finished his schooling determined to participate in the world around him. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Eventually, Lusseyran was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in a transport of two thousand resistance fighters. He was one of only thirty from the transport to survive. His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published.