From Publishers Weekly
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.
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"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.