9781137029522

The Holocaust, Fascism and Memory Essays in the History of Ideas

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    9781137029522

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    1137029528

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-02-22
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

From interpretations of the Holocaust to fascist thought and anti-fascists' responses, and the problems of memorializing this difficult past, this essay collection tackles topics which are rarely studied in conjunction. As well as historical analyses of fascist and anti-fascist thinking, Stone analyses the challenges involved in writing history in general and Holocaust historiography in particular. Following an introductory essay on 'history and its discontents', the wide-ranging chapters deal with individual thinkers of very different sorts, such as Hannah Arendt, Rolf Gardiner, Jules Monnerot and Saul Friedländer, movements such as interwar rural revivalism, the contested translation of Mein Kampf, émigré anti-fascists' writings, and the relationship between memory and history, especially with respect to atrocities like genocide. This unique collection of essays on a wide variety of topics contributes to understanding the roots and consequences of mid-twentieth-century Europe's great catastrophe.

Author Biography

DAN STONE is Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author or editor of fourteen books including, most recently, Histories of the Holocaust (OUP, 2010), The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History (ed., OUP, 2012) and The Holocaust and Historical Methodology (ed., Berghahn, 2012).

Table of Contents

Introduction: History and its Discontents
Interpreting the Holocaust
Beyond the 'Auschwitz Syndrome': Holocaust Historiography after the Cold War
Raphael Lemkin as Historian of the Holocaust
The Years of Extermination and the Future of Holocaust Historiography
The Holocaust and 'the Human'
Fascism and Anti-fascism
Anti-Fascist Europe Comes to Britain: Theorising Fascism as a Contribution to Defeating It
'The Mein Kampf Ramp': Emily Overend Lorimer and Hitler Translations in Britain
Rolf Gardiner: An Honorary Nazi?
Rural Revivalism and the Radical Right in Britain and France between the Wars
The Uses and Abuses of 'Secular Religion': Jules Monnerot's Path from Communism to Fascism
Politics and Cultures of Memory
Genocide and Memory
Memory Wars in the 'New Europe'
Beyond the Mnemosyne Institute: The Future of Memory after the Age of Commemoration
Index

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