Between Mass Death And Individual Loss: The Place of the Dead in Twentieth-Century Germany

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Alon Confino, Paul Betts, Dirk Schumann
Berghahn Books, Jul 15, 2013 - History - 344 pages
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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 not begin and end with the Third Reich.

  

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Contents

Part I BODIES
22
Chapter 1 HOW THE GERMANS LEARNED TO WAGE WAR
24
Chapter 2 THE SHADOW OF DEATH IN GERMANY AT THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
50
Chapter 3 REBURYING AND REBUILDING
69
Part II DISPOSAL
91
Chapter 4 FANNING THE FLAMES
93
Chapter 5 DISPOSING OF THE DEAD IN EAST GERMANY 19451990
112
Chapter 6 DEATH AT THE MUNICH OLYMPICS
128
Chapter 9 LAUGHING ABOUT DEATH? GERMAN HUMOR IN THE TWO WORLD WARS
196
Chapter 10 DEATH SPIRITUAL SOLACE AND AFTERLIFE
218
Chapter 11 YIZKOR COMMEMORATION OF THE DEAD BY JEWISH DISPLACED PERSONS IN POSTWAR GERMANY
232
Part IV RUINS
258
Chapter 12 THE IMAGINATION OF DISASTER
260
Chapter 13 EUROPEAN MELANCHOLY AND THE INABILITY TO LISTEN
274
Chapter 14 A CEMETERY IN BERLIN
298
CONTRIBUTORS
314

Chapter 7 WHEN COLD WARRIORS DIE
151
Part III SUBJECTIVITY
176
Chapter 8 A COMMON EXPERIENCE OF DEATH
178

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About the author (2013)

Alon Confino is 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 of 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 Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic (Oxford, 2010). He was Joint Editor of the journal German History, 2004-2009.

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).

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