The age of wood : fuel and fighting in French forests, 1940-1944
Pearson, Chris. (2006) The age of wood : fuel and fighting in French forests, 1940-1944. Environmental History, Vol.11 (No.4). pp. 775-803. ISSN 1084-5453Full text not available from this repository.
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Through a case study focusing on southeastern France, this article traces the history of French forests during
World War II. For the Vichy regime the forest was not only a vital source of replacement products in a time
of severe shortages, but also a habitat that could symbolize elements of Vichy’s reactionary worldview.
However, from late 1942 onward, resistance movements began physically and imaginatively to reclaim the
forest from Vichy, turning it into a space of revolt and subversion. German and Italian occupation challenged
French control of the forest, undermining Vichy’s production drive, and turning forests into sites of armed
conflict. By arguing that forests were an integral component of France’s wartime history, this essay contributes
to both the established historiography on Vichy France and the emerging literature on environmental
histories of war.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DC France
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Military geography -- France -- History -- 20th century, France, Southeast -- Environmental conditions, World War, 1939-1945 -- Environmental aspects, France -- Politics and government -- 1940-1945, Forests and forestry -- France -- History -- 20th century, Forests and forestry -- Political aspects -- France|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Environmental History|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Page Range:||pp. 775-803|
|Translated As:||Pearson, C. (2007). L’âge du bois: les forêts françaises pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Revue forestière française, (4), pp. 393-416. http://hdl.handle.net/2042/9850 ; DOI: 10.4267/2042/9850|
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