Book Review: Eleven Days in August: The Liberation of Paris in 1944 by Matthew Cobb

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Matthew Cobb’s Eleven Days in August largely circumvents the controversy by focusing not on the politics of the occupation, collaboration and resistance, but upon the experiences of ordinary Parisians in the days leading up to the liberation of the French capital. Where more recent historical research has sought to shift the focus to other areas of the country and to the French colonial empire, Cobb puts forward a case for the significance of the capital as a political symbol. Cobb argues that the struggle for Paris was a three-way battle for the future of France, between the allies, the Free French and the resistance, each having their own vision for the future. The liberation of Paris therefore played a decisive role in determining the shape of post-war France.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationReviews in History
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


  • liberation of Paris
  • 1944
  • nazi occupation
  • second world war

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