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Readership: All those interested in twentieth century German history, especially in the period from the First World War to the demise of the GDR.
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 Anatomy of a Dictatorship, also published by Oxford University Press.
"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
1: Introduction: Violence and Generations
2: Violence Abroad: Aspects of Imperialism
3: Uncomfortable Compatriots: Societal Violence and the Crises of Weimar
4: Divided Generations: State Violence and the Formation of 'Two Worlds' in Nazi Germany
5: The Escalation of Violence: War and Genocide
6: Profiles: The Shifting Formation of Generations after 1945
7: Transitions from Nazism to Communism
8: Mobilization for the Future (Again)
9: The 'Iron Cage': Coming to Terms with the Present
10: Embodying the Past
11: Turning Points
12: Conclusions: Generations through an Age of Violence