After the Event: The Transmission of Grievous Loss in Germany, China and Taiwan

After the Event: The Transmission of Grievous Loss in Germany, China and Taiwan

By: Stephan Feuchtwang (author)Hardback

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Two of the most destructive moments of state violence in the twentieth century occurred in Europe between 1933 and 1945 and in China between 1959 and 1961, the Great Leap famine. This is the first book to bring the two histories together in order to examine their differences and to understand if there are any similar processes of transmission at work. The author expertly ties in the Taiwanese civil war between Nationalists and Communists, which included the White Terror 1947-87, a less well known but equally revealing part of twentieth-century history. Personal and family stories are told, often in the individual's own words, and then compared with the public accounts of the same events as found in official histories, commemorations, school textbooks, and other forms of public memory. The author presents innovative and constructive criticisms of social memory theories in order to make sense both of what happened and how what happened is transmitted.

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Stephan Feuchtwang is part-time Professor in the Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics. He has published books on Chinese popular religion, feng-shui, and on grassroots charisma in southern Fujian and northern Taiwan. His research interests are on the relations between politics and religion and on the anthropology of history and comparative civilisations. For this book he extended his research from China and Taiwan to Germany, where he was born and from which his parents fled as refugees to England.


Chapter 1. Introduction: Transmitting loss Chapter 2. Comparing the incomparable: the Third Reich and the Great Leap famine Chapter 3. 'Communism' in Mainland China and Taiwan PART I: THE GREAT LEAP FAMINE Chapter 4. Moral and political dilemmas from the Great Leap Famine Chapter 5. Implicit transmission: the generation gap after the Great Leap famine PART II: THE LUKU INCIDENT OF THE WHITE TERROR Chapter 6. Disruption, commemoration and family repair in Taiwan Chapter 7. Gesture and monument in a tourist landscape: the generation gap in Taiwan PART III: THE THIRD REICH Chapter 8. Acknowledgement of the Third Reich in post-war Germany Chapter 9. Disruption, commemoration and family repair: some Jewish German families Chapter 10. Recalling the Third Reich and the Holocaust after two generations: some German German families CONCLUSION Chapter 11. Beyond bad death References

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/03/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780857450869
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780857450869
  • weight: 513
  • ISBN10: 0857450867

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