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The Knight-Monks of Vichy France: Uriage, 1940-45 [Paperback]

John Hellman

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June 17 1997
In The Knight-Monks of Vichy France John Hellman describes the founding, operation, transformation, and demise of the school, details the institution's ideological and political struggles with other segments of French society, and deals with the remarkable rise of Uriage ideas and alumni in postwar France. By focusing on the social, philosophical, and psychological concepts propounded by the staff of the school, Hellman has produced the first study that shows the École Nationale des Cadres d'Uriage to have been an original educational and group experience which inspired French youth from very different backgrounds to abandon the liberal democratic tradition for a new political and social vision. Drawing on a variety of sources, including interviews, newly available archival material, Vichy publications, correspondence, and diary entries, Hellman contributes to the current, lively debate concerning the phenomenon of collaboration and the response of the French population to fascism and to the occupation during the Second World War. This book will be of particular interest to readers concerned with the intellectual and political life of modern France, modern religious thought and experience, fascism and the Vichy regime, changes in France in the prewar and postwar periods, and the "third way" political option in contemporary Europe.

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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press; 2nd ed edition (June 17 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773516905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773516908
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After France fell to the Nazis in 1940, the Vichy regime set up a school in an Alpine chateau at Uriage to train a new elite leadership. This tightly knit, quasi-religious community, the Ecole Nationale des Cadres, saw itself as the linchpin of a spiritual revolution that would restore the Catholic Church's prestige, neutralize the poison of permissive liberalism and usher in a "new Middle Ages," a communitarian, hierarchical France. Among the school's "knight-monks" or alumni and their close associates were many influential figures such as Hubert Beuve-Mery, founder of the newspaper Le Monde. In a dense, provoctive study, McGill University history professor Hellman strips away the image of Uriage as an idealistic academy, exposing its authoritarian, intolerant, anti-liberal, anti-democratic and racialist policies and agenda. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"Hellman's book is thorough, fully documented, readable ... It is surely the best study of the École des Cadres that exists, marked by sure knowledge and an excellent propensity for quoting illuminating pieces of evidence to illustrate the propositions being made ... His study is a significant contribution in the field of contemporary French history." John C. Cairns, Department of History, University of Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody interesting! Nov. 8 2012
By Mark D. Perica - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great work and gives great insights ideological framework in which Petainism belongs.

All of John Hellman's works also provide valuable information on the development of the Catholic philosophy of personalism which is a central intellectual pillar of the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

This book in particular provides concrete evidence of the malleable nature of personalism and its acceptance by the intellectual proponents of the french variant of a kind of left wing fascism in the early days of Vichy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Vichy book Oct. 17 2012
By David Bustillos - Published on Amazon.com
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A Must have for any one studying Vichy. This book covers an amazing cast of French men. The knowlege of what was developed and buy some people I found suprising.

I will not say to much other then a true Student of Revolution Nationale must have this book!

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