Remembering the Second World War brings together an international and interdisciplinary cast of leading scholars to explore the remembrance of this conflict on a global scale. Conceptually, it is premised on the need to challenge nation-centric approaches in memory studies, drawing strength from recent transcultural, affective and multidirectional turns.
Divided into four thematic parts, this book largely focuses on the post-Cold War period, which has seen a notable upsurge in commemorative activity relating to the Second World War and significant qualitative changes in its character. The first part explores the enduring utility and the limitations of the national frame in France, Germany and China. The second explores transnational transactions in remembrance, looking at memories of the British Empire at war, contested memories in East-Central Europe and the transnational campaign on behalf of Japan's former `comfort women'. A third section considers local and sectional memories of the war and the fourth analyses innovative practices of memory, including re-enactment, video gaming and Holocaust tourism.
Offering insightful contributions on intriguing topics and illuminating the current state of the art in this growing field, this book will be essential reading for all students and scholars of the history and memory of the Second World War.
Patrick Finney teaches in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. He has published widely on collective memory, especially in relation to the Second World War, and on the international history of the twentieth century, especially in relation to the inter-war period. He is currently writing a book entitled How the Second World War Still Shapes Our Lives.
List of figures List of contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Patrick Finney PART ONE: National Memory Cultures? 1. A Nation United? The Impossible Memory of War and Occupation in France Margaret Atack 2. Generation War and Post-Didactic Memory: The Nazi Past in Contemporary Germany Bill Niven 3. Remembering and Forgetting War and Occupation in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan Edward Vickers PART TWO: Transnational Transactions 4. Isaac Fadoyebo's Journey: Remembering the British Empire's Second World War Patrick Finney 5. The Soviet War Memorial in Vienna: Geopolitics of Memory and the New Russian Diaspora in Post-Cold War Europe Tatiana Zhurzhenko 6. Abolitionism in the History of the Transnational `Justice for Comfort Women' Movement in Japan and South Korea Caroline Norma PART THREE: Local and Sectional Memories 7. The Treachery of Memorials: Beyond War Remembrance in Contemporary Okinawa Gerald Figal 8. The Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan: Imperial, National and Local Remembrance Joan Beaumont 9. The Memory of the Joop Westerweel Resistance Movement in Israel and the Netherlands Joyce van de Bildt PART FOUR: Practices of Remembrance 10. A Holy Relic of War: The Soviet Victory Banner as Artefact Jeremy Hicks 11. Experiencing and Performing Memory: Second World War Videogames as a Practice of Remembrance Eva Kingsepp 12. Touching Landscapes? Embodied Experiences of Holocaust Tourism and Memory Tim Cole Afterword: Entangled Memories of the Second World War Jie-Hyun Lim Index