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Dissonant Lives

Generations and Violence Through the German Dictatorships, Vol. 2: Nazism through Communism

Mary Fulbrook

September 2017

ISBN: 9780198799535

288 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Price: £15.99

An innovative study of the ways in which Germans of different ages and life stages lived through the move from the Nazi dictatorship to the communism that succeeded it, looking at the ways in which this shaped, not merely German society, state, and economy, but also the character of the German people.

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An innovative study of the ways in which Germans of different ages and life stages lived through the move from the Nazi dictatorship to the communism that succeeded it, looking at the ways in which this shaped, not merely German society, state, and economy, but also the character of the German people.

  • Offers a look into how Germans lived through the two world wars and the Nazi dictatorship
  • Analyses the ways in which these tumultuous historical events affected people's outlooks and the course of their lives
  • Provides vivid insights into the character of life in the GDR through the use of a wide range of material, including diaries, letters, and autobiographical materials
  • Sets the life stories of a range of individuals of different backgrounds and ages into the wider context of their times

About the Author(s)

Mary Fulbrook, Professor of German History, University College London

Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at University College London. She is the author of numerous books and articles on German history, including A Small Town Near Auschwitz and Anatomy of a Dictatorship, both also published by Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

    1:Profiles: The Shifting Formation of Generations after 1945
    2:Transitions from Nazism to Communism
    3:Mobilization for the Future (Again)
    4:The 'Iron Cage': Coming to Terms with the Present
    5:Embodying the Past
    6:Turning Points
    7:Conclusions: Generations through an Age of Violence
    Bibliography
    Index

Reviews

"Review from previous edition Fulbrook's thoughtful, erudite research, which examines how Germans made sense of their experiences living in the two German dictatorships of the 20th century, demonstrates how much we can learn from history if we examine the past through the lens of generation, as well as class, race and gender." - Hester Vaizey, Times Higher Education Supplement

"This is an ambitious book. It comes on top of a number of outstanding contributions by Mary Fulbrook ... It sidesteps the systematic comparison of the German dictatorships by looking at private experience and changing subjectvities ... In doing so, it challenges the usual assumptions about the German Volksgemeinschaft." - Bernd Weisbrod, German Historical Institute London Bulletin