Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Bronzes to BulletsVichy and the Destruction of French Public Statuary, 1941–1944$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kirrily Freeman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758895

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758895.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Stanford University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in SSO for personal use (for details see http://www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 November 2017

Conclusion

Conclusion

“The ‘Saint-Bartholomew’ of Statues”? The Bronze Mobilization Campaign in French Memory and Historiography

Chapter:
(p.171) 6 Conclusion
Source:
Bronzes to Bullets
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758895.003.0006

This concluding chapter examines how the episode of the destruction of bronze statues has been written in French memory and historiography, highlighting two of the central myths of the Vichy Syndrome. The “resistancialist myth,” which dominated scholarship on Vichy until the 1970s, “regarded all the impetus as coming from victorious Germany, in a way that made Vichy French responses to defeat and occupation appear misleadingly passive—whether as culpable defeatism…or as prudent caution.” The countermyth of a France of cowards and collaborators, on the other hand, paints the bronze mobilization campaign as revisionist iconoclasm: Vichy ideologues attempted to rewrite the French past through a revision of the events and figures that were commemorated throughout the country, and the administration acquiesced.

Keywords:   Vichy Syndrome, France, Germany, bronze statuary, resistancialist myth, revisionist iconoclasm

Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.