Wed, Jul 06

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CLE Lecture Hall

"Strange Defeat": The Collapse of France in World War II

Time & Location

Jul 06, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

CLE Lecture Hall, 348 S 5th St, Highlands, NC 28741, USA

About the Event

How  and why did France, with the largest and most well-equipped army in the  Europ, fall to Nazi Germany in little over a month in 1940?  This  lecture explores the volatile political climate of France in the 1930s  and ties developments in the era to the military defeat that put an end  to 70-year-old Third Republic.  We wil also review the military  strategies employed or rejected by the French command in the campaign,  and the reasons why the nation turned to the collaborationist Marshal  Petain in its darkest hour.

Location:  CLE Lecture Hall

Presenter:   Max Owre is the Executive Director of Carolina Public Humanities.  A  graduate of the University of Vermont, he obtained his PhD in modern  European history from UNC-CH in 2008.  max is a lecturer in the History  Department, teaching courses in European, world and colonial history  since 2007.  Max is a principal organizer, and frequent host and  moderator of CPH Events.  he also lectures frequently for CPH on various  topics in French and European history.

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