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Conflict, Catastrophe and Continuity

Essays on Modern German History

Edited by Frank Biess, Mark Roseman and Hanna Schissler

416 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-200-1 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (July 2007)


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“…a rich volume that manages to be remarkably coherent and diverse at the same time…The volume covers a large range of topics in modern German history in an engaging fashion and provides much stimulation for thought and discussion.”  ·  H-German

Bringing together some of the most prominent contemporary historians of modern Germany alongside innovative newcomers to the field, this volume offers new perspectives on key debates surrounding Germany’s descent into, and emergence from, the Nazi catastrophe. It explores the intersections between society, economy, and international policy, with a particular interest in the relations between elites and the wider society, and provides new insights into the complex continuities and discontinuities of modern German history. This volume offers a rich selection of essays that contribute to our understanding of the road to war, Nazism, and the Holocaust, as well as Germany’s transformation after 1945.

Frank Biess is Associate Professor for Modern German and European History at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Homecomings. Returning POWs and the Legacies of Defeat in Postwar Germany, and is co-editing a volume on the comparative history of the European “postwar” after 1945.

Mark Roseman holds the Pat M. Glazer chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University. His publications include A Past in Hiding, Memory and Survival in Nazi Germany, and The Wannsee Conference: A Reconsideration.

Hanna Schissler teaches modern history at the University of Hanover and is a Research Director at the Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig. Her publications include the edited volumes: The Miracle Years, A Cultural History of West Germany, and National Identity and Perceptions of the Past.

Subject: 20th Century History
Area: Germany

LC: DD235 .C66 2007

BL: YC.2007.a.16256

BISAC: HIS014000 HISTORY/Europe/Germany; HIS037070 HISTORY/Modern/20th Century

BIC: HBJD European history; HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000




Contents

Preface

Introduction
Frank Biess and Mark Roseman

PART I: GERMAN ELITES AND AN UNRULY SOCIETY

Chapter 1. Kulturkampf and Geschlechterkampf: Anti-Catholicism, Catholic Women, and Public Space
Michael B. Gross

Chapter 2. The 1923 Ruhr Crisis: The Limits of Active Resistance
Conan Fischer

Chapter 3. Political Violence, Gesinnung, and the Courts in Late Weimar Berlin
Pamela E. Swett

PART II: GERMAN SOCIETY AND A VIOLENT REGIME

Chapter 4. Beyond Conviction? Perpetrators, Ideas and Action in the Holocaust in Historiographical Perspective
Mark Roseman

Chapter 5. The Dissolution of the Third Reich
Hans Mommsen

Chapter 6. The Search for Missing Soldiers: MIAs, POWs, and Ordinary Germans, 1943–45
Frank Biess

PART III: CHANGE AND CONTINUITY IN GERMANY'S FOREIGN RELATIONS

Chapter 7. The Kaiser and His English Relations Revisited
John C. G. Röhl

Chapter 8. Appeasement and Counter-Appeasement: Nazi–Soviet Collaboration 1939–1941
Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann

Chapter 9. Imperialism as a Paradigm for Modern German History
Uta Poiger

Chapter 10. Americanization as a Paradigm of German History
Mary Nolan

PART IV: SMOOTH SURFACES, MURKY DEPTHS: THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC

Chapter 11. The Radicalization that Never Was? Refugees in the German Federal Republic
Ian Connor

Chapter 12. Germany’s Special Path? Economic Sciences and Politics in the Federal Republic, 1945–1970
Alexander Nützenadel

Chapter 13. Catholic Elites, Gender, and Unintended Consequences in the 1950s: Toward a Reinterpretation of the Role of Conservatives in the Federal Republic
Mark Edward Ruff

Chapter 14. Memory, Morality, and the Sexual Liberalization of West Germany
Dagmar Herzog

Chapter 15. The Modern Guild: Rotary Clubs and Bourgeois Renewal in the Aftermath of National Socialism
S. Jonathan Wiesen

Chapter 16. Fighting to Win the Peace: 08/15 and West German Memories of the Second World War
Robert G. Moeller

Chapter 17. Rehabilitating Fatherland: Race and German Remasculinization
Heide Fehrenbach

Chapter 18. Epilogue: Zeitgenossenschaft: Some Reflections on Doing Contemporary German History
Hanna Schissler

Selected Readings
Contributors
Index

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