The Allied Air War and Urban Memory: The Legacy of Strategic Bombing in Germany - Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare 35 (Paperback)
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The Allied Air War and Urban Memory: The Legacy of Strategic Bombing in Germany - Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare 35 (Paperback)

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The cultural legacy of the air war on Germany is explored in this comparative study of two bombed cities from different sides of the subsequently divided nation. Contrary to what is often assumed, Allied bombing left a lasting imprint on German society, spawning vibrant memory cultures that can be traced from the 1940s to the present. While the death of half a million civilians and the destruction of much of Germany's urban landscape provided 'usable' rallying points in the great political confrontations of the day, the cataclysms were above all remembered on a local level, in the very spaces that had been hit by the bombs and transformed beyond recognition. The author investigates how lived experience in the shadow of Nazism and war was translated into cultural memory by local communities in Kassel and Magdeburg struggling to find ways of coming to terms with catastrophic events unprecedented in living memory.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316632451
Number of pages: 410
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Commendable scholarship and engaging writing.' Urban History
'Conceptually and empirically compelling, The Allied Air War and Urban Memory will be indispensable not only to historians of World War II and of East and West Germany but also to all those who work in the wider field of memory and postwar studies.' The Journal of Modern History
'As an analysis of the cultural implications of the Allied strategic bombing of German cities in World War II, Joerg Arnold's The Allied Air War and Urban Memory stands out for the sophistication of its approach, and the sharpness and complexity of its analysis.' Urban History

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