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History Research Guide - World War II: France

A guide to the resources available in the library on World War II.

Non-Fiction Books

Possible Topics

Here are some topic questions to help you get started on your paper.

What role did France play in the beginning of World War II? How did it interact with Great Britain? How did France's government respond to the German threat? How did the people of France respond to the German threat?

Why was Germany able to occupy France? What advantage did Germany gain from occupying France? How did the people of France respond to the new Vichy government? What conflicts arose in foreign policy? How did France manage to remain an ally?

Adolf Hitler in Paris

Adolf Hitler in Paris
Adolf Hitler in Paris, June 23, 1940. Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Online Resources