Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of War in Europe, by Tim Haughton, Nicholas Martin

By Tim Haughton, Nicholas Martin

Targeting 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 selection of authoritative essays, masking quite a lot of thematic, neighborhood, temporal and methodological views. by means of re-examining the stressful legacies of the century's 3 significant conflicts, the amount illuminates a few recurrent but differentiated principles referring to memorialisation, mythologisation, mobilisation, commemoration and war of words, reconstruction and illustration within the aftermath of clash. The post-conflict courting among the dwelling and the useless, 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 no longer claiming to be the definitive research of so enormous a topic, the gathering however provides a sequence of enlightening historic and cultural views from prime students within the box, and it pushes again the limits of the burgeoning box of the examine of legacies and stories of conflict. Bringing jointly historians, literary students, political scientists and cultural reviews specialists to debate the legacies and stories of warfare in Europe (1918-1945-1989), the gathering makes an immense contribution to the continued interdisciplinary dialog concerning the interwoven legacies of twentieth-century Europe's 3 significant conflicts.

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Defining Events’: War and the Transitions of 1918, 1945 and 1989–90 In what respects were these – and other – ruptures of the twentieth century ‘defining events’? It is important briefly to compare the extent and character of the historical transitions in each case. Even in such a brief survey, it readily becomes apparent that subsequent interpretations are highly significant, and it is almost artificial to seek to separate them – however much of a misrepresentation they may be – from some notion of the ‘events themselves’.

He is currently writing his second monograph, which concerns the diaries, letters and pictures of children and adolescents in wartime Japan, China, Britain and the USSR. He also works on prewar science fiction in North Asia. John Paul Newman is Lecturer in Modern European History at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth. His current research interests lie in the cultural history of Yugoslavia and of the Balkan region. He has published on paramilitary violence in the Balkans after 1917, the transition of the Croat lands from a Habsburg to a Yugoslav framework, and the successes and failures of institution building in interwar Eastern Europe.

5 This is, perhaps, an appropriate metaphor for belligerent societies attempting to rebuild across a landscape of devastation, a scorched earth whose meagre yield could only leave a bitter taste. Of course, the aftermath of wars – particularly but not uniquely that of modern conflicts – does not simply call into question the material fortune of former belligerents. Just as the aftermath of war calls for the reconstitution of productive capacities, infrastructures and dwellings, it also demands the reconstruction of lives and communities shattered by the conflict.

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