Defying Vichy: Blood Fear and French Resistance An audio-visual presentation with the author Using archival film, sound and images
"Pacey and engaging…highlighting moral ambiguities, deceit, betrayal and violence. A fascinating contribution to the field." Robert Gildea, author of Fighters in the Shadows
"A meticulously researched and valuable contribution to the history of the German occupation." Caroline Moorehead, author of Village of Secrets and A Train in Winter
"Defying Vichy takes us into the heart of the French Resistance." Matthew Cobb, author of The Resistance: The French Fight Against the Nazis
"A vivid and evocative account of the Resistance Robert Pike is to be applauded for bringing these stories to a wider readership". Hanna Diamond, author of Fleeing Hitler: France 1940
"Robert Pike has produced a book … pulsating with action and detailed stories." Rod Kedward, Author of In Search of the MaquisViews: 291 | Enquiries: 2
Robert Pike is a professional historian whose latest book, Silent Village, about the tragic events at Oradour-sur-Glane, was first published in the Spring of 2021. He wrote his first book, Defying Vichy, after interviewing former members of the French Resistance in the south-west of France. He is a graduate of History and French from the University of Exeter, with a Masters from the University of Cardiff.Currently he is completing doctoral research on rural resistance in Vichy France as part of an ESRC-funded PhD at Cardiff University.
He is a former teacher with a wealth of experience of public speaking. He has given talks at the Gloucester History Festival, the Imperial War Museum, for the Historical Association, WW2 TV and many other events. Robert lives in Worcestershire with his wife and two children.
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