Canada between Vichy and Free France, 1940-1945:

Canada between Vichy and Free France, 1940-1945:

Weight 0.00 lbs
By Olivier Courteaux
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2013
World Rights
280 Pages 6 Images
ISBN 9781442612785
Published Sep 2013
Online discount: 25%
 $28.95    $21.71
ISBN 9781442644649
Published Oct 2013
Online discount: 25%
 $62.00    $46.50
ebook (EPUB format)
ISBN 9781442661271
Published Dec 2013
Online discount: 24%
Full purchase $28.95

The relationship between Canada and France has always been complicated by the Canadian federal government’s relations with Quebec. In this first study of Franco-Canadian relations during the Second World War, Olivier Courteaux demonstrates how Canada’s wartime foreign policy was shaped by the country’s internal divides.

As Courteaux shows, Quebec’s vocal nationalist minority came to openly support France’s fascist Vichy regime and resented Canada’s involvement in a ‘British’ war, while English Canada was largely sympathetic to de Gaulle’s Free French movement and accepted its duty to aid embattled Mother Britain. Meanwhile, on the world stage, Canada deftly juggled ties with both French factions to appease Great Britain and the United States before eventually giving full support to the Free French movement.

Courteaux concludes this extensively detailed study by illustrating Canada’s vital role in helping France reassert its position on the global stage after 1944. Filled with international intrigue and larger-than-life characters, Canada between Vichy and Free France adds greatly to our comprehension of Canada’s foreign relations and political history.

Olivier Courteaux is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the Royal Military College of Canada.



Chapter 1: Ottawa and the Principle of National Unity

Chapter 2: France’s Collapse: “A Painful Controversy”

Chapter 3: “To avoid a break with France”

Chapter 4: A Canadian in Vichy

Chapter 5: The Apprentice Sorcerer

Chapter 6: Ottawa and Vichy: the Controversy

Chapter 7: “The Stick and the Carrot”: Washington’s French Illusions

Chapter 8: The Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon Affair

Chapter 9: The Impossible Rupture: February – October 1942

Chapter 10: Imbroglio in North Africa

Chapter 11: Questions over Recognition, 1943-1944

Chapter 12: Missed Opportunities, October 1944 – September 1945



Canada between Vichy and Free France analyzes Franco-Canadian wartime relations in much more extensive detail than any other work, with arguments that are persuasive, developed convincingly, and skilfully woven together in a way that is itself innovative and informative. This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Canadian history during the Second World War.”

Robin Gendron, Department of History, Nipissing University

‘Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries.’

J.L. Granatstein, Choice Magazine; vol 51:07:14