The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism

The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism

by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521847060

ISBN-13: 9780521847063

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Gavriel D. Rosenfeld's pioneering study explores why counterfactual questions on the subject of Nazism have proliferated in recent years within Western popular culture. Examining a wide range of novels, short stories, films, television programs, plays, comic books, and scholarly essays that have appeared in Great Britain, the United States, and Germany since 1945,…  See more details below

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Gavriel D. Rosenfeld's pioneering study explores why counterfactual questions on the subject of Nazism have proliferated in recent years within Western popular culture. Examining a wide range of novels, short stories, films, television programs, plays, comic books, and scholarly essays that have appeared in Great Britain, the United States, and Germany since 1945, Rosenfeld shows how the portrayal of historical events that never happened reflects the evolving memory of the Third Reich's real historical legacy. He concludes that the shifting representations of Nazism in works of alternate history, as well as the popular reactions to them, highlights their subversive role in promoting the normalization of the Nazi past in Western memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521847063
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Series:
New Studies in European History Series
Pages:
540
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

1Great Britain defeated : between resistance and collaboration34
2The United States and the dilemmas of military intervention95
3Germany's wartime triumph : from dystopia to normalcy161
4Other nations : a dissenting view187
5The fugitive Fuhrer and the search for justice199
6The world without Hitler : better or worse?271
7Hypothetical Holocausts and the mistrust of memory333
AppAlternate histories by theme, era, nation, and medium510

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