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Remembering the Road to World War Two : International History, National Identity, Collective Memory - Patrick Finney

Remembering the Road to World War Two

International History, National Identity, Collective Memory

Paperback Published: 20th October 2010
ISBN: 9780415230186
Number Of Pages: 328

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a This is comparative history on a grand scale, skilfully analysing complex national debates and drawing major conclusions without ever losing the necessary nuances of interpretation.a (TM)

Stefan Berger, University of Manchester, UK

Remembering the Road to World War Two is a broad and comparative international survey of the historiography of the origins of the Second World War. It explores how, in the case of each of the major combatant countries, historical writing on the origins of the Second World War has been inextricably entwined with debates over national identity and collective memory.

Spanning seven case studies a " the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, the United States and Japan a " Patrick Finney proposes a fresh approach to the politics of historiography. This provocative volume discusses the political, cultural, disciplinary and archival factors which have contributed to the evolving construction of historical interpretations. It analyses the complex and multi-faceted relationships between texts about the origins of the war, the negotiation of conceptions of national identity and unfolding processes of war remembrance.

Offering an innovative perspective on international history and enriching the literature on collective memory, this book will prove fascinating reading for all students of the Second World War.

'... an important contribution to our understanding of how historical writing works, and how it is worked.' -- English Historical Review

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introduction: international history and the memory of the Second World Warp. 1
On virtue: Stalin's diplomacy and the origins of the Great Patriotic Warp. 37
On guilt: the Federal Republic of Germany and Nazi aggressionp. 72
On complicity: Italian foreign policy, Fascist ideology and the Axisp. 110
On decadence: French foreign policy and the fall of the Third Republicp. 149
On folly: Great Britain, appeasement and the romance of declinep. 188
On liberty: FDR, American intervention and the empire of rightp. 226
On tragedy: the dark valley of Imperial Japanp. 264
Conclusion: history, identity, memoryp. 304
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780415230186
ISBN-10: 0415230187
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 20th October 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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