At the end of World War II, France discarded not only the Vichy regime but also the austere ideology behind it. The conception of love, marriage, and parenting began changing in the years immediately after the Liberation. Little more than twenty years after Vichy was abolished, France had already entered the early phases of a dramatic sexual revolution, laying the groundwork for the turmoil of May 1968.
From Vichy to the Sexual Revolution explores the factors that led to such radical changes in French notions of gender roles, family structures, and sexuality. Sarah Fishman follows French women’s path toward emancipation from winning suffrage in 1945 to the social movements of 1960s, painting a broad view of shifting habits and ideas about love, courtship, sex, marriage, parenting, childhood, and adolescence. . A sweeping social history of postwar France, this book illuminates the extraordinary impact that economic change and national policies have on ordinary lives.
Sarah Fishman is a historian of Europe specializing in twentieth-century French history with an emphasis on gender and society. Currently serving as associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Fishman received her Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, 1987.
Her books include The Battle for Children: World War II, Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice in Twentieth-Century France, and We Will Wait: Wives of French Prisoners of War, 1940-1945.