By Tim Haughton, Nicholas Martin

ISBN-10: 1409444287

ISBN-13: 9781409444282

Concentrating on 3 of the defining moments of the 20 th century - the tip of the 2 global Wars and the cave in of the Iron Curtain - this quantity offers a wealthy choice of authoritative essays, overlaying a variety of thematic, local, temporal and methodological views. through re-examining the hectic legacies of the century's 3 significant conflicts, the quantity illuminates a few recurrent but differentiated rules bearing on memorialisation, mythologisation, mobilisation, commemoration and war of words, reconstruction and illustration within the aftermath of clash. The post-conflict courting among the residing and the lifeless, the contestation of thoughts and legacies of conflict in cultural and political discourses, and the importance of generations are key threads binding the gathering together.While now not claiming to be the definitive examine of so giant an issue, the gathering however provides a sequence of enlightening ancient and cultural views from best students within the box, and it pushes again the bounds of the burgeoning box of the examine of legacies and stories of battle. Bringing jointly historians, literary students, political scientists and cultural reviews specialists to debate the legacies and stories of conflict in Europe (1918-1945-1989), the gathering makes a massive contribution to the continuing interdisciplinary dialog concerning the interwoven legacies of twentieth-century Europe's 3 significant conflicts.

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For the latter, insofar as they remained within or returned to Germany, the situation was very different: following the Third Reich, surviving German Jews often felt they had become outcasts, ‘Other’, even in their own homeland; and those Polish Jews, for example, who settled in West Germany in preference to returning to what had become sites of further pogroms and antisemitism in post-war Poland felt even less at home. For East Germans coming to terms with a new communist state, where the ‘economic miracle’ of the West did not materialise and where the communist dictatorship was widely unpopular, processes of stabilisation and routinisation of daily life took longer to establish.

Even bereavement was deprived of a broader framework of meaning: it was no longer possible to try to mitigate the sense of suffering and loss of sons, husbands, fathers in warfare when there was no longer an acceptable belief in the previous formula of having ‘fallen for Führer, Volk and Vaterland’. Yet the official culture of shame and responsibility that had been established early on in the West laid a ‘burden of guilt’ on subsequent generations, who felt that they were tied in an inevitable community of connection with the preceding generations of perpetrators, while developing strong and conflicting feelings of identification with the victims of Nazi persecution.

This interdisciplinary conference is one of the more significant achievements of the ERI under its new management. Above all, though, the editors wish to thank the contributors to this volume for their original input to a fruitful and stimulating conference, their willingness to revise their papers for publication, and their patience during a somewhat protracted editorial process. 1 By bringing together historians, literary scholars, political scientists and cultural studies experts to discuss the legacies and memories of war in twentieth-century Europe (1918–1945–1989), the organisers aimed to create conditions for a genuine and fruitful interdisciplinary conversation on the impact and legacies of twentieth-century Europe’s three major conflicts.

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