Conclusions: Five Dimensions of Generation Around 1945

  • Jens Späth
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


In his conclusions, Späth highlights five elements to bridge the disproportionate gap between popular self-ascriptions in all modern societies and precise methodological instruments in science concerning the term ‘generation.’ In the first dimension, he presents various findings why it might be helpful to address generation as an open question. The second and third points deal with the world wars as initializing events and with democracy as content of generations. In the fourth point, Späth picks up the concept of the 45ers for generation building. Finally, he outlines why it might be fruitful for further studies to approach the generation issue by transnational perspectives.

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  • Jens Späth
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  1. 1.Universität des SaarlandesSaarbrückenGermany

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