By Tim Haughton, Nicholas Martin
Concentrating on 3 of the defining moments of the 20 th century - the tip of the 2 international Wars and the cave in of the Iron Curtain - this quantity offers a wealthy number of authoritative essays, protecting quite a lot of thematic, nearby, temporal and methodological views. through re-examining the tense legacies of the century's 3 significant conflicts, the quantity illuminates a couple of recurrent but differentiated rules touching on memorialisation, mythologisation, mobilisation, commemoration and disagreement, reconstruction and illustration within the aftermath of clash. The post-conflict dating among the dwelling and the useless, the contestation of stories 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 research of so immense an issue, the gathering however provides a sequence of enlightening historic 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 struggle. Bringing jointly historians, literary students, political scientists and cultural reviews specialists to debate the legacies and stories of struggle in Europe (1918-1945-1989), the gathering makes a huge contribution to the continued interdisciplinary dialog in regards to the interwoven legacies of twentieth-century Europe's 3 significant conflicts.
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In Britain, for example, as Dan Todman shows in this volume, the country’s strategic position explains the relative balance of civilian and military losses that helped to shape British memory of the Second World War. Determined by the conduct of war, entangled in the memory and legacies of previous conflicts, aftermath is not an end, as Stephen Forcer demonstrates. Rather, it denotes the multifarious processes whereby belligerent societies attempted to resolve the open-ended questions raised by the experience of war.
Reflections and memories of communism were far more challenging for East Germans, who had lost the state that had so intrusively shaped their lives, than for West Germans, who merely had to accommodate themselves to the new demands of an enlarged Germany and a changing Europe in a post-bipolar world. Among East Germans, memories of communism varied with prior experiences and outlooks; but it was notable that rejection of the political system of the SED and the Stasi was far greater than rejection of East German society, for which nostalgia rose as rapidly as unemployment rates.
In the GDR, given the more radical political reconfiguration and social revolution, there were new opportunities for those of the appropriate social backgrounds and political viewpoints, and indeed energetic state sponsorship and fostering of youngsters from worker and peasant backgrounds who were supportive of the communist project, or at least potentially compliant. In the West, by contrast, the greater continuity in socio-economic structures and the often quite startling continuities of personnel, even within an altered political framework, meant that, despite a similar willingness to reject the old and build up the new, young people in West Germany after the war were, for structural reasons, far less likely to experience rapid upward mobility.