Canada between Vichy and Free France, 1940-1945

By Olivier Courteaux

© 2013

The relationship between Canada and France has always been complicated by the Canadian federal government’s relations with Quebec. In this first study of Franco-Canadian relations during the Second World War, Olivier Courteaux demonstrates how Canada’s wartime foreign policy was shaped by the country’s internal divides.

As Courteaux shows, Quebec’s vocal nationalist minority came to openly support France’s fascist Vichy regime and resented Canada’s involvement in a ‘British’ war, while English Canada was largely sympathetic to de Gaulle’s Free French movement and accepted its duty to aid embattled Mother Britain. Meanwhile, on the world stage, Canada deftly juggled ties with both French factions to appease Great Britain and the United States before eventually giving full support to the Free French movement.

Courteaux concludes this extensively detailed study by illustrating Canada’s vital role in helping France reassert its position on the global stage after 1944. Filled with international intrigue and larger-than-life characters, Canada between Vichy and Free France adds greatly to our comprehension of Canada’s foreign relations and political history.

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  • Page Count: 280 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.7in x 9.0in
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Filled with international intrigue and larger-than-life characters, Canada between Vichy and Free France adds greatly to our comprehension of Canada’s foreign relations and political history.

Canada between Vichy and Free France, 1940-1945

By Olivier Courteaux

© 2013

The relationship between Canada and France has always been complicated by the Canadian federal government’s relations with Quebec. In this first study of Franco-Canadian relations during the Second World War, Olivier Courteaux demonstrates how Canada’s wartime foreign policy was shaped by the country’s internal divides.

As Courteaux shows, Quebec’s vocal nationalist minority came to openly support France’s fascist Vichy regime and resented Canada’s involvement in a ‘British’ war, while English Canada was largely sympathetic to de Gaulle’s Free French movement and accepted its duty to aid embattled Mother Britain. Meanwhile, on the world stage, Canada deftly juggled ties with both French factions to appease Great Britain and the United States before eventually giving full support to the Free French movement.

Courteaux concludes this extensively detailed study by illustrating Canada’s vital role in helping France reassert its position on the global stage after 1944. Filled with international intrigue and larger-than-life characters, Canada between Vichy and Free France adds greatly to our comprehension of Canada’s foreign relations and political history.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 280 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries.’
    J.L. Granatstein
    Choice Magazine; vol 51:07:14

    Canada between Vichy and Free France analyzes Franco-Canadian wartime relations in much more extensive detail than any other work, with arguments that are persuasive, developed convincingly, and skilfully woven together in a way that is itself innovative and informative. This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Canadian history during the Second World War.”
    Robin Gendron, Department of History, Nipissing University
  • Author Information

    Olivier Courteaux is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the Royal Military College of Canada.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Prologue

    Chapter 1: Ottawa and the Principle of National Unity

    Chapter 2: France’s Collapse: “A Painful Controversy”

    Chapter 3: “To avoid a break with France”

    Chapter 4: A Canadian in Vichy

    Chapter 5: The Apprentice Sorcerer

    Chapter 6: Ottawa and Vichy: the Controversy

    Chapter 7: “The Stick and the Carrot”: Washington’s French Illusions

    Chapter 8: The Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon Affair

    Chapter 9: The Impossible Rupture: February – October 1942

    Chapter 10: Imbroglio in North Africa

    Chapter 11: Questions over Recognition, 1943-1944

    Chapter 12: Missed Opportunities, October 1944 – September 1945

    Conclusion

    Bibliography

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