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Marc Bloch wrote Strange Defeat during the three months following the fall of France, after he returned home from military service In the midst of his anguish, he nevertheless brought to his study of the crisis all the critical faculty and all the penetrating analysis of a first rate historian Christian Science Monitor Bloch takes a close look at the military failureMarc Bloch wrote Strange Defeat during the three months following the fall of France, after he returned home from military service In the midst of his anguish, he nevertheless brought to his study of the crisis all the critical faculty and all the penetrating analysis of a first rate historian Christian Science Monitor Bloch takes a close look at the military failures he witnessed, examining why France was unable to respond to attack quickly and effectively He gives a personal account of the battle of France, followed by a biting analysis of the generation between the wars His harsh conclusion is that the immediate cause of the disaster was the utter incompetence of the High Command, but his analysis ranges broadly, appraising all the factors, social as well as military, which since 1870 had undermined French national solidarity Much has been, and will be, written in explanation of the defeat of France in 1940, but it seems unlikely that the truth of the matter will ever be accurately and vividly presented than in this statement of evidence P J Philip, New York Times Book Review The most wisdom packed commentary on the problem set before all intelligent and patriotic Frenchmen by the events of 1940 D W Brogan, Spectator

  • Title: Strange Defeat
  • Author: Marc Bloch Gerard Hopkins Georges Altman
  • ISBN: 9780393319118
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback

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Marc Bloch Gerard Hopkins Georges Altman

Marc L opold Benjamin Bloch 6 July 1886 in Lyon 16 June 1944 in Saint Didier de Formans was a medieval historian, University Professor and French Army officer Bloch was a founder of the Annales School, best known for his pioneering studies French Rural History and Feudal Society and his posthumously published unfinished meditation on the writing of history, The Historian s Craft He was captured and shot by the Gestapo during the German occupation of France for his work in the French Resistance.

Comments Strange Defeat

  • Nils

    Marc Bloch's "present history" account of the Fall of France in the Spring of 1940 is rightly considered an essential account of the events: above all, it is a devastating critique of the conservatism of the military establishment and the failures of the military bureaucracy to create a machine made for war rather than pettifogging paper pushing and internal bureaucratic competition. This is his first-order diagnosis of why the French military was so utterly unprepared for the war of movement th [...]

  • Alex Marshall

    This is a hell of a book. A brief account of hell, written from hell, by a man who (as we know with hindsight) was bound for hell on earth at the hands of the Gestapo. It takes a peculiar sort of courage to write the eye-witness history not only of a defeat, but of the comprehensive collapse of the country one loves, at the hands of an enemy one hates and despises from the depths of one's soul. I wonder if Strange Defeat is required reading in the army staff colleges of the world--not so much ma [...]

  • Nat

    A shattering assessment of why the French were so easily defeated in 1940, written in the bleak moment immediately after the capitulation:"We find ourselves today in this appalling situation--that the fate of France no longer depends on the French, Since that moment when the weapons which we held with too indeterminate a grasp fell from our hands, the future of our country and of our civilization has become the stake in a struggle of which we, for the most part, are only the rather humiliated sp [...]

  • Chris Buckham

    Title: Strange DefeatAuthor: Marc BlochISBN: 978-8-087-83083-3Publisher: Important BooksYear: 2013SoftcoverPages: 133Photographs/maps: 0Between July and August 1940, Captain Marc Bloch, a fuel services officer in the French Army, drafted his testament of the cause of the French defeat at the hands of the German Wehrmacht. Bloch had seen active service in the trenches during the First World War and was a historian/professor during the interwar years. His service in the Second World War was undert [...]

  • Bill Finnegan

    Years ago I read somewhere that it is beneficial to read books in topical clusters, i.e that are somehow connected to one another. I just completed my World War 2 cluster with “Strange Defeat”, Marc Bloch’s analysis of why it was so easy for Nazi Germany to conqueror France. Block was an eminent French historian who served in the First World War; volunteered for the second despite being a middle- aged grandfather; and was executed by the Nazis in 1944 for his work with the resistance. He w [...]

  • Samuel Loh

    Bloch approaches a subject matter which, I feel, few writers of his time could have with the same extraordinary level of emotional collectedness, clarity, or finesse—the complete disintegration of one’s nation, both military and social. True to the historian’s craft, his writing is passionate but never impulsive, his judgments piercing but never unfair; with the exception of mostly infrequent, minor generalisations about different groups of people/organisations (which I nevertheless believ [...]

  • Jeff Greason

    So often, Godwin's law or the persistent apologists for Communism hinder us from learning badly needed lessons from the tulmutuous twentieth century. This short, very well written book is the judgement of a prominent French historian on how France came to be so swiftly defeated in World War Two, not as a matter of tactics and movements on maps, but also in how the seeds of defeat lay in the state of the nation. The author went on to be a major figure in the French Resistance and was shot for his [...]

  • Dan

    First couple of chapters on the military failings of the French Army in facing the Germans in WWII is pretty standard fare - fighting the last war, overly bureaucratic, etc. Those would be more on the just 3-star level. But Chapter 3, where he covers their shortcomings as a people in recognizing the German threat and in being prepared to adequately deal with it, that is worth the time to read for sure. Bloch is an historian who fought in WWI and WWII and writes this in reflection on France's qui [...]

  • Caitlin

    A very interesting and entertaining view of the French defeat by the Germans in 1940. Bloch served in the French army in both World War I and the opening of World War II so he was experienced in the workings of the army by the time he wrote the book in 1940. He's a fascinating person as he later fought in the French Resistance and I wish he had survived (he was shot by the Gestapo in 1944) so that we could see if his opinion had changed with time. He gives an insider's viewpoint and is cynically [...]

  • Fernando Jimenez

    Lo más importante de este libro es el lúcido análisis de la derrota francesa frente a Alemania en 1940 como sólo lo puede hacer una mente privilegiada, con una claridad y concisión cartesiana que asombra hoy día. Bloch sirvió como oficial de Intendencia y ya había conocido la I Guerra Mundial, y eso permite que sus descripciones y anécdotas presenten la guerra como lo que es, algo absurdo y caótico pero también analizable, como cualquier actividad social o laboral.

  • Katherine Rue

    A gem of a book about WWII by a great medievalist.

  • Numidica

    I found this book very helpful in understanding the Fall of France in 1940. Although I graduated from West Point and studied military history both as part of my profession and also as an avocation, I could never really comprehend how the Germans pulled off the defeat of France, from a purely military and logistical standpoint. This is one of the books that helped me understand. The short version is that the Germans had the best fighter aircraft force in the world in 1940, and decent tanks (thoug [...]

  • Patrick

    A fascinating text. A comprehensive account of France's failures by one of its most prominent scholars.

  • Lawrence Patterson

    A hard read but it is well detailed and is written by an observant and aware author

  • Emre

    Strange Defeat is French historian Marc Bloch’s attempt to explain France’s military defeat by the Nazis in 1940. There are several reasons why this book is unique and worth reading. It was written in the immediate aftermath of the shocking events of that summer, and as a result its words are written with a distinct tone of urgency, exasperation, and belated confession that sets it apart from the usual books by academics. Also contributing to the book’s originality is that the author himse [...]

  • Paul Duggan

    This small book of three parts was written by Marc Bloch immediately after the capitulation of France to Nazi Germany on June 22, 1940. Bloch was an imminent social historian well known throughout Europe for his teaching and analyses of rural societies and feudalism.He served on the front lines from 1914 to 1918 and in a staff position as a reservist from 1938. He was 52 at this time and was encouraged not to serve and even to leave the country with his family. "I was born in France, I have drun [...]

  • Suzanne

    I was disappointed in this book, although it is an important record of France's defeat in WW2--especially since the author was killed before the war ended. I thought it would be more like Sartre's "Paris Under the Occupation" which I just finished. I was looking for more philosophical reflection on the defeat--the experiences and thinking of the Parisians--but it is almost entirely an analysis of the military failures, in which I am not interested. This is an example of how 's previews are not a [...]

  • Mark Jacobsen

    I was asked to read "Strange Defeat" for a research methodology course, in conjunction with a handbook about historical writing. In that light, "Strange Defeat" poses some vexing questions: is this a good example of "doing history"? The author was a distinguished historian with a well-trained mind, but this is a harrowing account of his own experiences facing the German onslaught and the collapse of France. Bloch wrote the book within three months of these terrible events, when the anger and the [...]

  • Chris

    Probably one of the best analyses of France's defeat during WWII, written by one of the country's great 20th-century historians, Marc Bloch: Jew, army captain, resistance fighter. He wrote the book underground, consigned the manuscript to his peers, and died by firing squad in 1944. In the first part, Deposition d'un vaincu, he exposes the faults of the French military: lack of courage, technology, or a pragmatic and supple spirit. In the second part, he lambastes French society as a whole for i [...]

  • Michael

    A positively Brilliant work! This is a no holds barred, thorough assessment of France's rapid collapse and capitulation to Germany in WWII. It should be required reading for all commisioned officers, as well as those who aspire to be one, in addition to all our federal legislators, and anyone who is a serious student of history. All the failures pointed out by Bloch can be repeated and many are being repeated by us today. Military, polictical, the media, educational, social, etc. failures are al [...]

  • John

    This very personal analysis of France's defeat in 1940 by a historian who was an officer in the French army. If you like details about fuel depots, this is your book (Bloch was in charge of fuel depots for one of the French armies). Although the book can be a bit dry, it rings true to any mid-manager (such as myself) who is stifled by bureaucracy and a lack of vision.The backstory is really depressing. Bloch fought in the Resistance and was betrayed to the Germans, tortured, and shot about one w [...]

  • Mark Singer

    Unusual primary account of France's defeat in 1940 as clandestinely written during Nazi occupation by noted historian Marc Bloch. Bloch was a WWI veteran, and also served as an officer in World War II. He writes with clarity about the miliary defeat of the French Army, and also focuses on the defeatism of the civilian population. Bloch was also member of the French Resistance, and was executed by the Gestapo on June 1944.

  • Betsy

    A short but informative look at why France fell to the Nazis in 1940 after standing up to Germany in WWI. Bloch's eventual fate makes this a particularly chilling story. At times there are hints that he realizes the story of his country may also mean personal tragedy. After describing his efforts in fuel supply, he goes on to explain what went wrong after May 10. It's not a pretty picture, but then war rarely is, and men like Marc Bloch pay the price.

  • Geoffrey Rose

    Concise, thoughtful, beautifully written. Marc Bloch's last testament regarding the fall of France in 1940 still has the capacity to haunt and move as well as remaining thoughtful, historical analysis.

  • Nick

    An incredible reading experience. Written by an historian who fought in the War, Bloch attempts to make sense of the failure of the French Republic to repulse the Nazi German invasion. Searingly thoughtful, beautifully written, sad, brave.

  • Brooke

    Checked out within sentences

  • Michael

    While this is probably an unhelpful review, this was one of the most boring books that I read as a history major in college.

  • Griff

    From Drew Jones - didn't finish

  • Josh

    The best explanation of why France was defeated in WWII. Written in 1940, during the Nazi occupation.

  • Adrianna


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