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Volume 17

Contemporary European History

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The Long Aftermath

Cultural Legacies of Europe at War, 1936-2016

Edited by Manuel Bragan├ža and Peter Tame
Foreword by Richard Overy
Afterword by Jay Winter

404 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-153-2 $160.00/£114.00 Hb Published (December 2015)

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“Manuel Braganca and Peter Tame have compiled a highly stimulating volume of essays, which whets the appetite for more.” · Journal of European Studies

“This is a useful and interesting book, consistently lucid in style and approach, that addresses a gap in the existing scholarship. Beyond the quality and interest of its individual chapters, its scope helps to make it particularly revealing and valuable.” · Marina Mackay, St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford

“This accomplished volume offers the opportunity to reflect comparatively on the different historical trajectories and cultural stories of seven European nations grappling with the long aftermath of the Second World War. Among its innovations are its combination of historiographical research with analysis of cultural representations, its challenge to a sharply delineated East-West nexus of war memory and scholarship, and its focus on popular culture.” · Claire Gorrara, Cardiff University

“One of the strengths of this well-organized collection is its range, covering East and West Europe, and Allied and Axis countries. In addition to the obvious cultural and political contrasts, this allows many intriguing parallels to emerge.” · Margaret Atack, University of Leeds


In its totality, the “Long Second World War”—extending from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War to the end of hostilities in 1945—has exerted enormous influence over European culture. Bringing together leading historians, sociologists, and literary and film scholars, this broadly interdisciplinary volume investigates Europeans’ individual and collective memories and the ways in which they have shaped the continent’s cultural heritage. Focusing on the major combatant nations—Spain, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, and Russia—it offers thoroughly contextualized explorations of novels, memoirs, films, and a host of other cultural forms to illuminate European public memory.

Manuel Bragança is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. His research interests include French historiography, memories of the Second World War, and the links between ideology, fiction and emotions.

Peter Tame is Reader in French Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. His principal research interests lie in the areas of war literature, literature and politics in twentieth-century France, and especially fictional representations of Fascism and Communism. His new book Isotopias (2015) looks at places and spaces in French war fiction of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Subject: Postwar History General Cultural Studies
Area: Europe


List of Illustrations    

Foreword: Between World Wars: Remembering War in Europe before 1945
Richard Overy

Introduction: The Long Aftermath of the Long Second World War
Manuel Bragança and Peter Tame


Chapter 1. Violence and the History and Memory of the Spanish Civil War: Beyond the Crisis of Inherited Narrative Frameworks
Pablo Sánchez León

Chapter 2. Poetry and Silence in Post-Civil War Spain: Carmen Conde, Lucía Sánchez Saornil and Pilar de Valderrama
Jean Andrews

Chapter 3. On Civil-War Memory in Spanish Women’s Narratives: The Example of Cristina Fernández Cubas’ Cosas que ya no existen
Alison Ribeiro de Menezes


Chapter 4. Narrating Britain’s War: A ‘Four Nations and More’ Approach to the People’s War
Daniel Travers and Paul Ward

Chapter 5. ‘Don’t Let’s Be Beastly to the Germans’: the Representation of Germans in British Second World War Films
Robert Murphy

Chapter 6. Memory and Nation in British Narratives of the Second World War after 1945
Mark Rawlinson


Chapter 7. A Capital Problem: The Town of Vichy, the Second World War, and the Politics of Identity
Kirrily Freeman

Chapter 8. Tracking the Past in the Places and Spaces of Patrick Modiano’s Early Fiction
Peter Tame

Chapter 9. Vercors and the Second World War
Cristina Solé-Castells


Chapter 10. Reconstructing D-Day Memory: How Contemporary Politics made Germans Victims of the War
Harold J. Goldberg

Chapter 11. Memories of World War II in German Film after 1945
Christiane Schönfeld

Chapter 12. Ilse Aichinger’s Novel The Greater Hope. Poetic Narrative to Deal with Trauma
Marko Pajević


Chapter 13. Victimhood Asserted: Italian Memories of World War II
Richard J. B. Bosworth

Chapter 14. Re-picturing the Myth: American Characters in Post-War Popular Italian Cinema
Daniela Treveri Gennari

Chapter 15. Italian Resistance Writing in the Years of the ‘Second Republic’
Philip Cooke


Chapter 16. The Second World War in Present-Day Polish Memory and Politics
Andrzej Paczkowski

Chapter 17. Wounded Memory. Rhetorical Strategies Used in Public Discourse on the Katyń Massacre
Urszula Jarecka

Chapter 18. The Second World War in Recent Polish Counterfactual and Alternative (Hi)stories
Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż


Chapter 19. History Politics and the Changing Meaning of Victory Day in Contemporary Russia
Markku Kangaspuro

Chapter 20. War and Patriotism: Russian War Films and the Lessons for Today
David Gillespie

Chapter 21. Russian Fiction at War
Greg Carleton

Afterword: Memories of War: From the Sacred to the Secular
Jay Winter


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