Introduction

Philip Cooke, Ben Shepherd

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Abstract

Book abstract: Resistance to German-led Axis occupation occurred all the way across the European continent during the Second World War. It took a wide range of forms – non-cooperation and disinformation, sabotage, espionage, armed opposition and full-scale partisan warfare. It is an important element in the experience and the national memory of the peoples who found themselves under Axis government and control. For over thirty years there has been no systematic attempt to give readers a panoramic yet detailed view of the make-up, actions and impact of resistance movements from Scandinavia down to Greece and from France through to Russia. This authoritative and accessible survey, written by a group of the leading experts in the field, provides a reliable, in-depth, up-to-date account of the resistance in each region and country along with an assessment of its effectiveness and of the Axis reaction to it. An extensive introduction by the editors Philip Cooke and Ben H. Shepherd draws the threads of the varied movements and groups together, highlighting the many differences and similarities between them. The book will be a significant contribution to the frequently heated debates about the importance of individual resistance movements. It will be thought-provoking reading for everyone who is interested in or studying occupied Europe during the Second World War.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Resistance in the Second World War
Place of PublicationBarnsley
PublisherPen and Sword Books
Pages1-13
Number of pages13
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781473831629
ISBN (Print)9781848848863
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Keywords

  • Second World War
  • resistance movements
  • occupied Europe
  • partisans

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