Life After Death (Publications of the German Historical Institute) (Paperback)

By Richard Bessel (Editor), Dirk Schumann (Editor)

Cambridge University Press, 9780521009225, 376pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2003

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This collection of essays does not perceive the impressive economic and political stability of the postwar era as a quasi-natural return to previous patterns of societal development. It approaches this stability as an attempt to establish "normality" upon the lingering memories of experiencing violence on an unprecedented scale. While the history of post-war Germany looms large in this collection, the essays cover countries across Western and Central Europe. They offer comparative perspectives and draw upon a wide range of primary and secondary source material.