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November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940–1945

Summary

Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940–1945 captures the hidden history of war-torn Europe under Nazi occupation during World War II. This authoritative collection of full-text documents reprints the papers received in the British Foreign Office following the collapse of peacetime diplomacy — including reports from the occupied states of Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and the Vatican, and the neutral states of Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Tangiers in Morocco. 

Date Range: 1940–1945
Source Library: The National Archives of the UK

Description

Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940–1945 offers fully text-searchable images of the British Foreign Office information files gathered from across German-occupied territories as well as neutral states following the collapse of peacetime diplomacy. These first-hand reports (letters from diplomats, telegrams, news clippings and more) and the official discussions surrounding them form a complete record of the raw intelligence that shaped Britain’s war effort.

Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940–1946 documents:

  • German attempts to win over important groups in occupied countries
  • The reaction to and effect of the German occupation
  • The propaganda struggle
  • The creation of the first resistance units
  • Other historical, social, political and economic conditions in war-torn Europe under Nazi occupation during World War II

 

Advisory Board

Ron Edward, general editor of Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940–1945 retired as Emeritus Professor of History in 2002 after 40 years of teaching and research at University of Sussex. He is the author of:

  • Dreyfus Affair, Fascism in Western Europe
  • The Anarchists
  • Award-winning books on the history of resistance in France, including Resistance in Vichy France and In Search of the Maquis 
  • La Vie en Bleu: France and the French since 1900 — a Penguin history of 20th century France
  • Structures of Resistance and Historical Encounters with French Regions

 

Review

"The quality of the content, combined with the text mining and search tools, makes this a brilliant service for anyone researching the social and political aspects of life in the occupied countries during WWII."
— Information World Review, 2006

"The scope of [Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940–1945] is vast, and it is difficult to describe its contents briefly without doing an injustice either to the quantity or the quality of the material in it."
— Prof. Roy A. Austensen, Illinois State University

"Searches can be limited to specific countries or to certain broad subjects (eg Co-ordination, Refugees). Fuzzy search is available and search histories are displayed. Advanced search allows you to limit keywords to certain fields, allowing a much more targeted search for, say, New Zealand. In 'Browse Indexes' you can select search terms from six tabs: Persons; Senior Officials; Organisations; Document Type; Language; and File Number. This database also has four introductory essays, a film from the Imperial War Museum London on the work of the SOE (Special Operations Executive) including training of the agents 'Felix' and 'Kat', a chronology, and links to related archive resources."
— Lawbook Co., 2007

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