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Publications of the German Historical Institute : Life after Death: Approaches to a Cultural and Social History of Europe During the 1940s and 1950s - Richard Bessel

Publications of the German Historical Institute

Life after Death: Approaches to a Cultural and Social History of Europe During the 1940s and 1950s

By: Richard Bessel (Editor), Dirk Schumann (Editor)


Published: 5th May 2003
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This collection of essays offers a novel approach to the cultural and social history of Europe after the Second World War. In a shift of perspective, it does not conceive of the impressive economic and political stability of the postwar era as a quasi-natural return to previous patterns of societal development but approaches it as an attempt to establish 'normality' upon the lingering memories of experiencing violence on a hitherto unprecedented scale. It views the relationship of the violence of the 1940s to the apparent 'normality' and stability of the 1950s as a key to understanding the history of post-war Europe. While the history of post-war Germany naturally looms large in this collection, the essays deal with countries across Western and Central Europe, offer comparative perspectives on their subjects, and draw upon a wide range of primary and secondary source material.

"The volume has considerable value in bringing together some of the most innovative social and cultural historians of postwar Europe." Journal of Social History

Introduction: violence, normality, and the construction of postwar Europe
Post-traumatic stress disorder and World War II: can a psychiatric concept help us understand postwar society?
Between pain and silence: remembering the victims of violence in Germany after 1949
Paths of normalization after the persecution of the Jews: the Netherlands, France, and West Germany in the 1950s
Trauma, memory and motherhood: Germans and Jewish displaced persons in post-Nazi Germany, 1945âÇô1949
Memory and the narrative of rape in Budapest and Vienna in 1945
'Going home': the personal adjustment of British and American servicemen after the war
Desperately seeking normality: sex and marriage in the wake of war
Family life and 'normality' in postwar British culture
Continuities and discontinuities of consumer mentality in West Germany in the 1950s
'Strengthened and purified through ordeal by fire': ecclesiastical triumphalism in the ruins of Europe
The nationalism of victimhood: selective violence and national grief in western Europe, 1940âÇô1960
Italy after fascism: the predicament of dominant narratives
The politics of post-fascist aesthetics: 1950s west and east German industrial design
Dissonance, normality, and the historical method: why did some Germans think of Tourism after May 8, 1945?
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ISBN: 9780521804134
ISBN-10: 0521804132
Series: Publications of the German Historical Institute
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 5th May 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.72