John F. Sweets

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

John F. Sweets is an American historian of modern French history specializing in the Vichy France era, the French Resistance, and occupied France. Sweets earned his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1972 and has taught at the University of Kansas since that year.[1]


Sweets is best known for his book Choices in Vichy France, which explores popular French attitudes towards the Vichy government, the French Resistance and the German occupation during World War II.[2] Sweets' work argues that, "the vast majority of French were far from collaborationist."

His earlier work, The Politics of Resistance in France, 1940-1944, was the "first account in English of the political evolution within the Resistance that enabled it to overcome internal strife" and form an effective underground movement.


  • The Politics of Resistance in France, 1940-1944: A History of the Mouvements unis de la Résistance, (Dekalb, 1976)
  • Choices in Vichy France: the French Under Nazi Occupation, (New York, 1986), translated into French as Clermont-Ferrand à l’heure allemande, (Paris, 1996)


  1. ^ Dreyfus, François G.; Témoin, Club; Peace, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and (2004). Unrecognized resistance: the Franco-American experience in World War Two. Transaction Publishers. pp. 57–. ISBN 978-0-7658-0240-8. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Fogg, Shannon Lee (2009). The politics of everyday life in Vichy France: foreigners, undesirables, and strangers. Cambridge University Press. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-0-521-89944-4. Retrieved 10 September 2011.