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Title Life after death : approaches to a cultural and social history during the 1940s and 1950s / edited by Richard Bessel, Dirk Schumann.
Imprint Washington, D.C. : German Historical Institute ; Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Series Publications of the German Historical Institute
Publications of the German Historical Institute.
Subject Social change -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Social change -- Germany (West) -- History -- 20th century.
Social conflict -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Psychological aspects.
Reconstruction (1939-1951) -- Europe.
Reconstruction (1939-1951) -- Germany (West)
Europe -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Germany -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Europe -- Ethnic relations.
Germany (West) -- Ethnic relations.
Alt Name Bessel, Richard.
Schumann, Dirk.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 363 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Violence, normality, and the construction of postwar Europe / Richard Bessel, Dirk Schumann -- Post-traumatic stress disorder and World War II: can a psychiatric concept help us understand postwar society? / Alice Förster, Birgit Beck -- Between pain and silence: remembering the victims of violence in Germany after 1949 / Sabine Behrenbeck -- Paths of normalization after the persecution of the Jews: the Netherlands, France and West Germany in the 1950s / Ido de Haan -- Trauma, memory, and motherhood: Germans and Jewish displaced persons in post-Nazi Germany, 1945-1949 / Atina Grossmann -- Memory and the narrative of rape in Budapest and Vienna in 1945 / Andrea Petö -- "Going home": the personal adjustment of British and American servicemen after the war / Joanna Bourke -- Desperately seeking normality: sex and marriage in the wake of the war / Dagmar Herzog -- Family life and "normality" in postwar British culture / Pat Thane -- Continuities and discontinuities of consumer mentality in West Germany in the 1950s / Michael Wildt -- "Strengthened and purified through ordeal by fire": ecclesiastical triumphalism in the ruins of Europe / Damion Van Melis -- The nationalization of victimhood: selective violence and national grief in western Europe, 1940-1960 / Pieter Lagrou -- Italy after fascism: the predicament of dominant narratives / Donald Sassoon -- The politics of post-fascist aesthetics: 1950s West and East German industrial design / Paul Betts -- Dissonance, normality, and the historical method: why did some Germans think of tourism after May 8, 1945? / Alon Confino.
Summary 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.
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ISBN 0511063687 (electronic bk.)
9780511063688 (electronic bk.)
0511057350 (electronic bk.)
9780511057359 (electronic bk.)
0511119631 (electronic bk.)
9780511119637 (electronic bk.)
9781139052344 (electronic bk.)
1139052349 (electronic bk.)
9780521009225 (Paper)
0521009227 (Paper)
9780521804134 (Cloth)
0521804132 (Cloth)
0521804132 (Cloth)
0521009227 (Paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9780511063688 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 57254302
Additional Format Print version: Life after death. Washington, D.C. : German Historical Institute ; Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003 0521804132 0521009227 (DLC) 2002067421 (OCoLC)49672376