By Tim Haughton, Nicholas Martin

Targeting 3 of the defining moments of the 20 th century - the tip of the 2 global Wars and the cave in of the Iron Curtain - this quantity offers a wealthy number of authoritative essays, overlaying a variety of thematic, nearby, temporal and methodological views. through re-examining the annoying legacies of the century's 3 significant conflicts, the quantity illuminates a couple of recurrent but differentiated rules relating memorialisation, mythologisation, mobilisation, commemoration and disagreement, reconstruction and illustration within the aftermath of clash. The post-conflict courting among the residing and the useless, the contestation of thoughts and legacies of battle in cultural and political discourses, and the importance of generations are key threads binding the gathering together.While now not claiming to be the definitive research of so colossal a topic, the gathering however offers a chain of enlightening old and cultural views from major students within the box, and it pushes again the bounds of the burgeoning box of the learn of legacies and thoughts of warfare. Bringing jointly historians, literary students, political scientists and cultural experiences specialists to debate the legacies and stories of battle in Europe (1918-1945-1989), the gathering makes a tremendous contribution to the continued interdisciplinary dialog concerning the interwoven legacies of twentieth-century Europe's 3 significant conflicts.

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3. 7 The literature on defeated countries has produced some of the most stimulating explorations of the aftermath of wars. See, for example, Wolfgang Schivelbusch, The Culture of Defeat (New York: Picador, 2004), which compares experiences of national trauma, mourning and recovery in the American South after 1865, in France after 1871 and in Germany after 1918; and Jenny Macleod, Defeat and Memory: Cultural Histories of Military Defeat in the Modern Era (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). 8 For a remarkable treatment of this representational challenge in literature, see Kate McLoughlin, Authoring War (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

The terms of the Versailles Treaty were certainly stringent, but not as harsh as subsequently made out. To be sure, Germany lost colonies overseas and territory within Europe, including the contentious loss of eastern territories with the creation of the ‘Polish corridor’ separating East Prussia from the rest of Germany; this occasioned innumerable skirmishes and continuing disputes over the new Polish–German border, an area rife with paramilitary activity and nationalist unrest on both sides (and this was of course not the only border in central Europe occasioning revisionist movements and exacerbating unrest).

He is the author of Mobilisation, Sacrifice, Citoyenneté. Angleterre–France, 1900–1918 (Les Belles Lettres, 2013), and Editor-in-chief of First World War Studies. Geoffrey Swain holds the Alec Nove Chair in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow. He has published extensively on the histories of Russia, Yugoslavia and Latvia, and is currently researching Latvian memories of the Stalin years. B. Tauris, 2011). Dan Todman is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary, University of London.

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