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Alphonse de Châteaubriant: Catholic Collaborator (Modern French Identities, V. 14)

Chadwick, Kay

Published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers
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Title: Alphonse de Châteaubriant: Catholic ...

Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers

Binding: Soft cover

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Series: Modern French Identities. Num Pages: 327 pages, 1 illustration. BIC Classification: BGH; HBJD; HBWQ. Category: (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 152 x 224 x 18. Weight in Grams: 456. . 2002. 0th Edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9783906766942

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Synopsis: The Second World War spawned infamous collaborators such as Brasillach and Drieu la Rochelle, men who betrayed France throughout the Occupation. Among their number stands the Catholic writer Alphonse de Châteaubriant. Author of the prize-winning novels Monsieur des Lourdines and La Brière, he turned his literary talents to the propagation of a collaborationist message in the pages of the infamous essay La Gerbe des forces and the equally ignominious newspaper La Gerbe. Although nothing predisposes a Catholic to be a collaborator, Châteaubriant?s commitment to the National-Socialist cause arose from an idiosyncratic reading of Christian doctrine which justified racism and elitism in the name of spiritual regeneration. He viewed his encounter with National Socialism as a long-awaited meeting of minds, and championed its representatives as men of vision who would re-evangelise the world. After the war, Châteaubriant fled to Austria. Condemned as a traitor in his absence, he indulged in an attempt at self-revision and fulminated against his judges until his dying day. This book explores the dangerous pathways down which misplaced idealism can lead. It challenges those who would obscure the proper telling of Châteaubriant?s involvement, or obstruct a fitting narrative of the Vichy years.

About the Author: The Author: Kay Chadwick is Lecturer in French at the University of Liverpool, and previously taught in Paris and Dundee. She is the author of numerous articles on Alphonse de Châteaubriant, Catholicism and collaboration, and the legacy of Vichy in post-1945 France.

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