Between Mass Death and Individual Loss: The Place of the Dead in Twentieth-century Germany by Berghahn Books (Paperback, 2011)
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- DescriptionTaken together, this volume is a welcome departure from the usual literature on memory and trauma which igres what came before the war and treats what happened after only in relation to the Holocaust. This excellent volume enables us to look at the history of death as a whole beyond the break of 1945 and to see influences and continuities throughout the last century. The volume delivers on the promise of the introduction to open up new avenues for research and raise new questions and should be a welcome addition to the library of every scholar of modern Germany. * German Politics & Society [The volume] offers a significant contribution to theories of death and memory work in German Studies. [It] is clearly organized using theme-based sections, which lead the reader through material culture as well as psychological investigation; the essays are well-researched and cogently written. * German Studies Review Taken together, the volume provides more than the sum of its individual contributions and actually succeeds in offering new perspectives on a hitherto neglected topic. Several essays demonstrate persuasively the myriad ways in which the ghosts of the dead haunted the living in twentieth-century Germany...for anybody interested in the social and cultural history of death in Germany, this volume will be an indispensable starting point. * German History Recent years have witnessed growing scholarly interest in the history of death. Increasing academic attention toward death as a historical subject in its own right is very much linked to its pre-eminent place in 20th-century history, and Germany, predictably, occupies a special place in these inquiries. This collection of essays explores how German mourning changed over the 20th century in different contexts, with a particular view to how death was linked to larger issues of social order and cultural self-understanding. It contributes to a history of death in 20th-century Germany that does t begin and end with the Third Reich.
- Author BiographyAlon Confino is a Professor of history at the University of Virginia. He has written substantially on nationhood, memory, and historical method. His new book is Foundational Pasts: An Essay in Holocaust Interpretation (CUP, 2011). Paul Betts is Professor in Modern European History at the University of Sussex. He is the author of The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design (Berkeley, 2004) and co-editor of Pain and Prosperity: Reconsidering 20th Century German History (Stanford, 2003). He is also Joint Editor of the journal German History. Dirk Schumann is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Georg-August University, Gottingen. His most recent books include Raising Citizens in the Century of the Child : The United States and German Central Europe in Comparative Perspective (Berghahn, 2010, edited), Political Violence in the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933: Fight for the Streets and Fear of Civil War (Berghahn, 2009).
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication01/09/2011
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleStudies in German History
- Series Part/Volume Number7
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight457 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byAlon Confino,Dirk Schumann,Paul Betts
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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