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Trauma, Experience and Narrative in Europe after World War II

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Moves discussion on historical traumas in the twentieth century into new, less studied territories

  • Focuses on varying experiences of trauma, rather than medical discourses and institutional practices

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in the History of Experience (PSHE)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Comparative Approaches

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Beyond the Western Front

      • Mark S. Micale
      Pages 27-52
  3. Coda

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 319-319
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 333-337

About this book

This book promotes a historically and culturally sensitive understanding of trauma during and after World War II. Focusing especially on Eastern and Central Europe, its contributors take a fresh look at the experiences of violence and loss in 1939–45 and their long-term effects in different cultures and societies. The chapters analyze traumatic experiences among soldiers and civilians alike and expand the study of traumatic violence beyond psychiatric discourses and treatments. While acknowledging the problems of applying a present-day medical concept to the past, this book makes a case for a cultural, social and historical study of trauma. Moving the focus of historical trauma studies from World War I to World War II and from Western Europe to the east, it breaks new ground and helps to explain the troublesome politics of memory and trauma in post-1945 Europe all the way to the present day. This book is an outcome of a workshop project ‘Historical Trauma Studies,’ funded by the Joint Committee for the Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) in 2018–20.

Chapters 4, 5 and 6 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

Ville Kivimäki is Senior Research Fellow at Tampere University, Finland. He leads the Lived Nation research team at the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX).

Peter Leese is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural History at the Institute of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Keywords

  • WWII
  • Second World War
  • PTSD
  • post-war Europe
  • history of emotions

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland

    Ville Kivimäki

  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Peter Leese

About the editors

Ville Kivimäki is Senior Research Fellow at Tampere University, Finland. He leads the Lived Nation research team at the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX).

Peter Leese is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural History at the Institute of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


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USD 44.99
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  • Own it forever
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Hardcover Book
USD 59.99
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