Shadows of Revolution: Reflections on France, Past and PresentDavid A. Bell

Within a space of a dozen years, from Bastille to Bonaparte, France experimented with and experienced every form of governance, creating in the process, “the most intense political laboratory the world had ever known.” The Revolution remains the country’s defining era, delineating its sense of identity and overshadowing the events that followed it. Yet another, Bell argues, is the Vichy period and World War Two-France’s dark night of the soul-with whose legacies the country continues to contend.