Wed, Jul 06|
CLE Lecture Hall
"Strange Defeat": The Collapse of France in World War II
Time & Location
Jul 06, 2022, 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.