By Tim Haughton, Nicholas Martin
Concentrating on 3 of the defining moments of the 20 th century - the top of the 2 international Wars and the cave in of the Iron Curtain - this quantity offers a wealthy choice of authoritative essays, overlaying a variety of thematic, neighborhood, temporal and methodological views. by means of re-examining the hectic legacies of the century's 3 significant conflicts, the quantity illuminates a few recurrent but differentiated principles relating memorialisation, mythologisation, mobilisation, commemoration and disagreement, reconstruction and illustration within the aftermath of clash. The post-conflict courting among the residing and the lifeless, the contestation of stories and legacies of warfare 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 great an issue, the gathering however provides a chain of enlightening old and cultural views from major students within the box, and it pushes again the bounds of the burgeoning box of the learn of legacies and thoughts of conflict. Bringing jointly historians, literary students, political scientists and cultural reviews specialists to debate the legacies and thoughts of conflict in Europe (1918-1945-1989), the gathering makes an enormous contribution to the continued interdisciplinary dialog concerning the interwoven legacies of twentieth-century Europe's 3 significant conflicts.
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Extra resources for Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of War in Europe, 1918-1945-1989
The State also emerged as a critical, though by no means always dominant, agent in the process of commemoration. As a result, the competition over access to its resources and political instruments often revealed a larger contest over the meaning of past conflicts. The politics of commemoration are addressed in several contributions. John Paul Newman’s analysis of the paradigmatic value of the First World War in Serbia and Geoffrey Swain’s study of Latvia underline the critical centrality of these countries’ contested pasts as they charted their national courses through the twentieth century.
9 But eventually, in stages that have been well rehearsed (often recounted in terms of the Eichmann and Auschwitz trials, and the screening of particular films and television series), the Holocaust arguably became a major defining event and internationally significant reference point in the latter half of the twentieth century. 10 The transition of 1989–90 can really only be termed a ‘post-war rupture’ in the sense that the Cold War between the superpowers – who had been brought into Europe with Hitler’s war of aggression and remained to preside over a precarious frozen peace – now came to an end, with radical consequences as far as the division of Germany was concerned.
John Paul Newman’s analysis of the paradigmatic value of the First World War in Serbia and Geoffrey Swain’s study of Latvia underline the critical centrality of these countries’ contested pasts as they charted their national courses through the twentieth century. This volume also reveals the importance of a host of initiatives, often taken at the supra- or infra-national levels. Tara Windsor thus investigates the mobilisation of transnational cultural networks in the aftermath of the First World War, while Gabriela Welch underscores the roles of religious organisations in post-Soviet Moldova.
Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of War in Europe, 1918-1945-1989 by Tim Haughton, Nicholas Martin