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Strange Defeat
Strange Defeat
By Marc Bloch
Oxford University Press, 1949, 178 pp

The author, a noted medieval historian, fought in both world wars and during the second was a Resistance leader, executed by the Nazis in 1944. In this soul-searching little volume, written shortly after the collapse of France in 1940, Bloch seeks the underlying causes for the weaknesses of the French state which led to that calamity.