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The Third French History Friday: Understanding France in the Second World War

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by Tony Dyer (subscribe)
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Event:
Interesting conversation & fine wine makes a perfect Friday

Following on from his earlier and very successful French History Fridays, Romain Fathi will conclude his three conferences with a discussion aimed at clarifying France's experience of the Second World War as an aspect of French history generally. The discussions will help participants reflect on the origins and consequences of France's involvement and subsequent defeat and the resulting impacts on the overall course of the war.

Join the talk at the premises of the Alliance Franšaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End on Friday, 11th December, 2015 commencing at 6.30pm.

Admission to the event is $25 for members and $30 for non-members and includes a glass of fine French wine. Click here to purchase your tickets on-line:
$25 for AF members; or
$30 for non-members.

French History Fridays are informal talks, of about 45 minutes duration, given in English with this series maintaining a sharp focus on French perspectives of last century's two World Wars.

This third talk will discuss France's war-time involvement and its defeat and the impact these events have had on French society. At times comparisons will be made with Australian reactions as Romain highlights a series of divergences between how the two countries see this time in history. He will explain how these differences have appeared in some very unexpected ways. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.


During the conference you will be able to pause and reflect on the origins and consequences of the French defeat. Issues such as, the pacifism of the 1920s, the rise of anti-Semitism, the debacle, Vichy, the occupation and liberation will be addressed as they now appear through the views of the contemporary French mind-set. Romain will put the topic into today's context as a means of understanding this traumatic period in France's history.

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Romain Fathi is eminently qualified and passionately enthusiastic about French and Australian cultural diversities. He is enrolled in a jointly awarded Ph.D. program between The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) and Sciences Po (Paris, France), where his research interests are concerned with Australian national identity, the Great War and war commemorations. He has previously studied and taught in several universities including Sciences Po, Yale and The University of Queensland.

This is your last opportunity in 2015 to see and hear Romain in this wonderful series of conferences. He will be back next year to present some more of his marvellously insightful talks on other topics and from another centuries.

Romain's boundless enthusiasm for, and unsurpassed knowledge of, the topics will keep you spellbound during his talk and the Q & A session following when you can join in and enjoy stimulating conversation as you sip some fine French wine.

All in all, this is set to be a stimulating yet relaxing Friday evening.

For more information on this exciting event contact the Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End by email at: festival@afbrisbane.com or phone 3844 4460.

Likewise, you can check out Alliance Francaise's web page or its Facebook page and discover some of the fantastic activities and events this dynamic organisation provides.
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When: Friday, 11 December, 2015 from 6.30pm
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Alliance Franšaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members and includes a glass of fine French wine.
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