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Author Maguire, G. E.

Title Anglo-American policy towards the free French / G.E. Maguire.

Published New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  940.532 MAGU MF12    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 210 pages ; 23 cm.
Series St. Antony's series.
St. Antony's series.
Notes "In association with St. Antony's College, Oxford."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 188-196) and index.
Contents 1. De Gaulle in London and the Formation of Free France, 1940-42 -- 2. Free France and the United States, 1940-42 -- 3. Lebanon and Syria -- 4. North Africa, 1940-42 -- 5. Unity? 1943-44 -- 6. The Anglo-Americans and the Resistance in France -- 7. The Financial Link -- 8. The Provisional Government of France, 1944-45 -- 9. 'Our Mutual Headache': Churchill, Roosevelt and de Gaulle.
Summary In June 1940 Charles de Gaulle, the little-known Under-Secretary of Defence in the last undoubtedly legitimate government of the Third French Republic, rejected the Franco-German Armistice and fled to London in order to recreate a Free France. He became the leader of a tiny dissident movement that was almost entirely funded by the British government. However, four years later this movement had grown into the broad-based and popularly supported Provisional Government of France. This amazing transformation took place largely through British and American assistance.
This book examines how Anglo-American policy toward the Free French was decided and how it was affected by tensions both with the French and between the two English-speaking Allies. It tries to explain the differing attitudes of Britain and the United States and how they were reconciled to shape a more or less common policy. It is also the story of the men who made that policy, and particularly of Churchill, Roosevelt and de Gaulle.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history.
France -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- France.
United States -- Foreign relations -- France.
France -- Foreign relations -- United States.
ISBN 0333632397
0312127103 (cloth)