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The Use and Abuse of Memory: Interpreting World War II in Contemporary European Politics

Christian Karner and Bram Mertens, editors
New Brunswick, New Jersey : Transaction Publishers, [2013]
9781412851947, 1412851947
  • Introduction : memories and analogies of World War II / Christian Karner and Bram Mertens
  • Genocide memorialization and the Europeanization of Europe / Henning Grunwald
  • Appeasement analogies in British parliamentary debates preceding the 2003 invasion of Iraq / Joseph Burridge
  • How deeply rooted is the commitment to "never again"? : Dick Bengtsson's swastikas and European memory culture / Tanja Schult
  • Cultural memories of German suffering during the Second World War : an inability not to mourn? / Karl Wilds
  • From perpetrators to victims and back again : the long shadow of the Second World War in Belgium / Bram Mertens
  • L'histoire bling-bling : Nicolas Sarkozy and the historians / Paul Smith
  • The pasts of the present : World War II memories and the construction of political legitimacy in post-cold war Italy / Bjorn Thomassen and Rosario Forlenza
  • "The Nazis strike again" : the concept of "the German enemy", party strategies and mass perceptions under the prism of the Greek economic crisis / Zinovia Lialiouti and Giorgos Bithymitris
  • Who were the anti-fascists? : divergent interpretations of WWII in contemporary post-Yugoslav history textbooks / Jovana Mihajlovic Trbovc and Tamara Pavasovic Trot
  • Multiple dimensions and discursive contests in Austria's "mythscape" / Christian Karner
  • World War II in discourses of national identification in Poland : an intergenerational perspective / Anna Duszak
  • From the "re-unification of the Ukrainian lands" to "Soviet occupation" : the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact in the Ukrainian political memory / Tatiana Zhurzhenko
  • "Often very harmful things start out with things that are very harmless" : European reflections on guilt and innocence inspired by art about the Holocaust in the 1990s / Diana I. Popescu
  • Epilogue / Christian Karner and Bram Mertens.
284 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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