By Jacques Sapir
Et si los angeles France avait continué l. a. guerre en juin 1940 ? Et si le gouvernement français avait continué l. a. lutte contre l’Allemagne hitlérienne depuis l’Afrique du Nord ?
Telles sont les questions posées par cet essai où l’histoire rencontre l. a. fiction à travers une oeuvre romanesque haletante et poignante.
Ainsi prend forme une façon entièrement novatrice de relire et d’étudier l’histoire de l’année 1940, dans tous ses points : politique, économique, diplomatique et stratégique. Une substitute aux journées tragiques de juin à décembre 1940 se dessine alors, le contraste entre le attainable et le réel n’ayant qu’un seul yet : montrer que los angeles décision de demander un armistice n’était en rien inéluctable.
Voici le récit d’une histoire qui n’a pas été, mais qui aurait pu être.
« Un récit maîtrisé et plein de suspense, un exercice intellectuel stimulant ponctué de characteristics d’humour. » L’Express
« Une ‘‘uchronie” aussi sérieuse qu’excitante.
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He told Wilson that ‘It grows upon me daily that the United States is the one great moral reserve in the world today and that we cannot maintain that independence of action through which this reserve is to be maintained if we allow ourselves to be dragged into detailed European entanglements over a period of years. ’23 In the midst of terrific pressure to bring food to the starving, when another man might have acted unilaterally to save time, Hoover scrupulously observed the limits of the rather vague mandate given him by Woodrow Wilson.
He wondered if it might be the duty of the American army to furnish supplies to save them from both starvation and bolshevism – in Hoover’s mind, the two were synonymous. The army had plenty of supplies, its communications were essential to their distribution, and no questions would be asked if the decision were taken. The food went and the lives were saved. This was the first in a long series of American mercies extended to the Soviets, despite their avowed purpose to overthrow American capitalism by violence.
In 1919, Hoover was in Brussels to attend a conference to present to the Germans a formula he had devised for solving the blockade problem. A British Admiral, Sir Rosslyn Wemyss, was the head of the British delegation. ’28 From Brussels Hoover went on to Paris, where he helped President Wilson negotiate the details of the German peace treaty. He was still struggling against his nemesis, Winston Churchill, who energetically advocated continuation of the blockade in the House of Commons: ‘Germany is very near starvation,’ Hoover believed, ‘… [there is] the great danger of a collapse of the entire structure of German social and national life under the pressure of hunger and malnutrition.
1940 Et si la France avait continué la guerre... by Jacques Sapir