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Darlan Admiral and Statesman of France, 1881-1942 cover
  • ISBN: 9780275959739
  • ISBN10: 0275959732

Darlan Admiral and Statesman of France, 1881-1942

by George E. Melton

  • List Price: $101.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
  • Publish date: 06/01/1998
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Admiral Jean Francois Darlan's Western legacy is that of an opportunist, a fascist collaborator, or, at worst, a traitor during France's struggle for survival in the early years of World War II. This study, however, based upon new research from French, English and German archival sources, paints a different picture. With a career beginning during the height of France's imperial power and lasting until the nation's rapid wartime decline, Darlan was a pragmatic statesman, a guardian of naval preparedness, a stout opponent of fascism, an earnest patron of the Anglo-French Alliance, and an advocate of combined of combined naval power in the Mediterranean. He defended French naval and colonial interests against all foreign powers before and during the war, and his success in this area eventually resulted in his assassination.
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