Un livre à commander et à lire

Stephen P. Halbrook’s new book, Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France: Tyranny and Resistance, tells the story of Nazi repression and the bravery of the French resistance. Relying upon primary sources largely ignored by historians, including German occupation records, records of French collaborationists and patriots, as well as interviews with actual members of the resistance, Dr. Halbrook delivers the authoritative account never before told.

By utilizing a prewar, 1935, French gun-registration law, the Nazi’s used French registration records to easily locate gun owners. This mandatory gun registration made it easy for Nazi occupiers to target gun owners and punish those who refused to turn over their firearms. Countless French gun owners faced firing squads for refusing to comply, but throughout the Nazi occupation, the French Resistance grew, arming itself to conduct resistance activities and fight back against the occupation.

Halbrook’s account vividly demonstrates how gun control laid the groundwork for further repression and occupation. The story of Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France warns of the dangers everywhere of gun-control policies and their unintended consequences.

“Stephen Halbrook has done it again, broken new ground with meticulous historical ‘gun control’ research. This is the harrowing story of Nazi and Vichy government savage repression of French gun owners, in part made possible by pre-war French firearms registration. Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France is an important and highly readable addition to scholarship on how dictators and invaders have disarmed conquered populations.”
James B. Jacobs, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts; Director, Center for Research in Crime and Justice; New York University; author, Can Gun Control Work?
« In the outstanding book, Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France, Halbrook shows that although the French government did not intend to disarm the population when it mandated the registration of firearms, the very existence of registration records made it possible for the Nazis who occupied France during WWII to tighten their bloody grip on the country by hunting down gun owners. The applicable lesson here is that the intentions behind gun control measures aimed at the general population don’t matter as much as the inevitable result: subtracting from the people’s power to guard their own freedom. His mixture of anecdotes and statistics makes for sobering reading. »
Angelo M. Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Boston University; author, Informing StatecraftWar: Ends and Means (with Paul Seabury), The Character of Nations, and Between the Alps and a Hard Place: Switzerland in World War II and the Rewriting of History

« In this detailed and fascinating book, Stephen P. Halbrook gives us a companion volume to his superb Gun Control in the Third Reich. Relying on French archival sources and German occupational records as well as a truly illuminating set of eye-witness questionnaire responses and more, Halbrook demonstrates the extent to which modern dictatorship relies on the control and confiscation of weapons and fears what French socialist Jean Jaurès once praised as ‘the general arming of the people.’ Like Halbrook’s study of the Third Reich, Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France greatly expands our historical knowledge about the relationship between private gun confiscation and the Holocaust. As a work of scholarship, the book is—simply put—conclusive. But it is also an intensely interesting and at times inspiring account of how some French people collaborated with dictatorship and occupation, how some complied and just went along, and how some resisted heroically. »
T. Hunt Tooley, Professor of History, Austin College; whose books include Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe, Battleground and Home Front in the First World War, and National Identity and Weimar Germany


3 réflexions sur “Un livre à commander et à lire

  1. a l’heure actuelle,alors que la technologie inquiete de plus en plus pour les possibilites de surveillance et de controle qu’elle demultiplie,la possession d’arme a feu « a l’americaine »par les citoyens me semble etre un garde fou necessaire.
    bien sur il y a des inconvenients.facon si on compare les cartels de drogue mexicains avec les fusillades a la kalach a marseille,y a juste actuellement une difference d’echelle due a la difference de taille.
    Resister a une dictature moderne si elle venait a advenir serait bien trop difficile.Il faut agir avant de facon preventive.


  2. le droit de posséder et porter des armes est acquis à la Révolution Française

    chronologie sous le gouvernement socialiste début 1939
    puis la déclaration de guerre du 3 septembre 1939 à l’Allemagne

    nb les communistes (sur ordre de Moscou, illégalement donc) conservèrent leurs armes ce qui les rendra patrons des maquis à la rupture Stalin/Hitler, à la libération ce sont eux qui firent la loi . . .
    de Gaulle pour obtenir le dépôt des armes leur donna la mainmise sur des pans entiers de l’administration ainsi qu’un certain nombre de grandes entreprises qui furent nationalisées derechef.

    un autre son de cloche:

    un tableau actualisé:



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