Heroes and Villains: The Effects of Combat Heroism on Autocratic Values and Nazi Collaboration in France

  title={Heroes and Villains: The Effects of Combat Heroism on Autocratic Values and Nazi Collaboration in France},
  author={Julia Cag{\'e} and Anna Dagorret and Pauline Grosjean and Saumitra Jha},
  journal={PSN: Economic Effects (Topic)},
We measure the effects of a network of heroes in legitimizing and diffusing extreme political behaviors. Exploiting newly-declassified intelligence files, novel voting data and regimental histories, we show the home municipalities of French line regiments arbitrarily rotated through Philippe Petain's command during the heroic WWI battle of Verdun, though similar before WWI, increasingly espouse Petain's authoritarian political views thereafter, raising 7% more active Nazi collaborators per… Expand
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