Dissonant Lives is not a standard 'history of Germany' in the twentieth century, or even of the German dictatorships. It is concerned with the ways in which Germans of different ages and life stages lived through this terrible period in German history, and how they interpreted, confronted, and responded to the multiple challenges of their times.
In volume one, Mary Fulbrook examines the violent eruptions of the two world wars and the rise of Nazism, exploring the experiences and perceptions of selected individuals, and how major historical events affected the course of their lives and their outlooks. In doing so, she provides a new understanding of the ways in which not only the character of the German state, economy, and social structure changed over the century, but also the very character of the German people themselves.
Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at University College London. She is the author of numerous books and articles on German history, including A Small Town Near Auschwitz and Anatomy of a Dictatorship, both also published by Oxford University Press.
1: Introduction: Violence and Generations 2: Violence Abroad: Aspects of Imperialism 3: Uncomfortable Compatriots: Societal Violence and the Crises of Weimar 4: Divided Generations: State Violence and the Formation of 'Two Worlds' in Nazi Germany 5: The Escalation of Violence: War and Genocide Epilogue to volume I Bibliography Index