Life in an Occupied Zone: Lille, Roubaix, Tourcoing

TitleLife in an Occupied Zone: Lille, Roubaix, Tourcoing
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsBecker, Annette
EditorCecil, Hugh, and Peter Liddle
Book TitleFacing Armageddon: The First World War Experienced

The territories of Northern France and Belgium which suffered particularly from the wars of the twentieth century can serve as involuntary laboratories for a study of the European peoples at war with one another. In addition to the 'ordinary' sufferings undergone by the families of all involved in the war throughout Europe - the fear of being wounded or killed - they also had to undergo the impossibility of any news reaching them across a front which had become an impassable frontier, as well as the rigors of being occupied. The large towns of Lille, Roubaix, and Tourcoing were at the center of the occupation system, and this chapter analyzes the unique tribulations endured by the inhabitants of these towns during World War I.

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