Introduction: Ego-histories, France and the Second World War

Manuel Bragança, Fransiska Louwagie

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The introduction considers the origins, development and challenges of the ego-history genre. It refers to previous ego-history projects, often situated within historical studies and a specific national context, and presents the international and multidisciplinary outlook of the current volume, as well as its thematic unity, centred on the study of the history and memories of the Second World War in France. The introduction also analyses how the ego-history genre explores the relationships between the subjective and the objective in academic writing, offering insights into individual and collective intellectual trajectories. Finally, it considers the continuing presence and significance of ‘Vichy’, its afterlife in contemporary French culture and its transnational dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEgo-histories of France and the Second World War: Writing Vichy
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-70860-7
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2018


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