The Myth of the Eastern Front: The Nazi-Soviet War in American Popular Culture

The Myth of the Eastern Front: The Nazi-Soviet War in American Popular Culture

By: Edward J. Davies (author), Ronald M. Smelser (author)Paperback

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From the 1950s onward, Americans were quite receptive to a view of World War II similar to the view held by many Germans and military personnel on how the war was fought on the Eastern Front in Russia. Through a network of formerly high-ranking Wehrmacht and Bundeswehr officers who had served on the Eastern Front, Germans were able to shape American opinions into an interpretation of World War II that left the Wehrmacht with a 'clean' reputation in World War II history. A positive view of German military conduct, opposed against a newly dismissive view of the Russian military in light of Cold War prejudices, was absorbed by many Americans during the 1950s, and continues to this day in a broad subculture of general readers, German military enthusiasts, war game aficionados, military paraphernalia collectors, and re-enactors who tend to romanticize the German army and its history.

About Author

Professor Ronald Smelser has been a Professor of History at the University of Utah since 1974. An expert on twentieth-century German history, Smelser is a former president of the German Studies Association (1989-91), a former member of the executive committee at the Czechoslovak History Conference (1992-5), a delegate from the GSA to the ACLS (1995-9), and current president of the Conference Group for Central European History. He has published extensively in German and English on the subject of twentieth-century German history and received numerous accolades for his scholarly work from the University of Utah, the Holocaust Education Foundation, and the German Studies Association, of which he is a founding member, among others. Professor Edward J. Davies II is the author of The Anthracite Aristocracy and The United States in Global Perspective and has also served on the advisory board for National Geographic's recent book of world history. He has published articles in professional journals such as the Journal of Social History and the Journal of Urban History and reviewed manuscripts for the Journal of Military History and other university presses.

Contents

1. Americans experience the war in Russia, 1941-5; 2. The Cold War and the emergence of a lost cause mythology; 3. The German generals talk, write, and network; 4. Memoirs, novels, and popular histories; 5. Winning hearts and minds: the Germans interpret the war for the United States public; 6. The gurus; 7. Wargames, the internet, and the popular culture of the Romancers; 8. Romancing the war, re-enactors, and 'what-if' history.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521712316
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 342
  • ID: 9780521712316
  • weight: 530
  • ISBN10: 0521712319

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