In war, defeat and victory (Britain and France in WWII)

Course Dates: 20/01/22 - 07/04/22
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This course will explore the Franco-British Alliance from ‘phoney war’ to Dunkirk, leading to Petain’s armistice and de Gaulle’s Free France in London. Learn about British support for French resistance and the role of the Fighting French in the Allied invasion of France in 1944.
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Course Code: HEH35

Started Thu, , 20 Jan - 07 Apr '22

Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This short course is about the relations between Britain and France in the Second World War. While the two countries entered the war as allies, the battle of France led to the defeat of the French army and the installation of the Vichy government. At the same time, de Gaulle in London attempted to rally the French to resist and continue fighting; his efforts leading to some failures, bu.

What will we cover?

Some key aspects of Anglo-French relations before the Second World War
Britain and France as allies 1939-1940
Britain and the Vichy government of Marshall Pétain
De Gaulle in London: his often troubled relationship with his British sponsors
Britain and the resistance in France
Free France and its contribution to Allied victory.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify some of the key developments in the Anglo-French relationship 1939-1945 and how events in the pre-war period affected these
Describe the difficulties that arose from maintaining good relations with France in wartime
Discuss some of the successes of the partnership between Britain and the Free French in the later stages of the war.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be Illustrated lectures with maps, images and film clips. You will be given handouts showing the chronology of key events and developments. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and join in discussions. We will also look at short, relevant texts from the period (in translation where appropriate) and you will be encouraged to read these in preparation for each session. You will not need to do any other preparation for the classes, but you may like to read parts of the following in order to prepare for the course and enhance your understanding of key developments. Both were first published by Longman in the 1990s, but revised editions are now available as e-books or on Kindle:
P.M.H. Bell ‘France and Britain 1900-1940’ (chapters 10-14)
P.M.H. Bell ‘France and Britain 1940-1994’ (chapters 1-3).

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will find a notebook (or electronic device) useful if you wish to make notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in European and World history. Please see the City Lit website.

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