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A Pact with VichyAngelo Tasca from Italian Socialism to French Collaboration$
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Emanuel Rota

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245642

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245642.001.0001

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A Socialist in Vichy

A Socialist in Vichy

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(p.121) 5 A Socialist in Vichy
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A Pact with Vichy
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Emanuel Rota

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245642.003.0006

On the night of September 3, 1944, Angelo Tasca was arrested by French soldiers and sent to the military prison in Clermont-Ferrand. While in jail, Tasca changed his public persona to distance himself from the Vichy regime under Marshal Philippe Pétain. His alternative assessment of the situation in France after it was invaded by Germany was extremely complicated. He believed that French nationalism should unite right and left in order to end the social and political conflicts in France. He expected Italy to be of servitude to Germany if the latter won the war. Once he realized that the war was over for the French, Tasca hoped that a revolt would defeat Germany and fascism. His full support for the creation of the Vichy regime enabled him to play an active role in Vichy politics beginning in the summer of 1940. From the second half of 1942 until his arrest in 1944, Tasca served as director of the Vichy’s research bureau under the secretary general for propaganda.

Keywords:   fascism, Angelo Tasca, France, Italy, Germany, nationalism, Vichy regime, Marshal Philippe Pétain, politics

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