The War for Legitimacy in Politics and Culture, 1936-1946 (Occupation in Europe)

The War for Legitimacy in Politics and Culture, 1936-1946 (Occupation in Europe)

By: Martin Conway (editor), Peter Romijn (editor)Hardback

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The War for Legitimacy in Politics and Culture 1936-1946 presents the first investigation of how the phenomenon of political legitimacy operated within Europe's political cultures during the period of the Second World War. Amidst the upheavals of that turbulent period in Europe's twentieth-century history, a wide variety of contenders for power emerged, each of which claimed to possess the right to rule.Exploring political discourse, state propaganda, and high and low culture, the book argues that legitimacy lay not with rulers, and still less in the barrel of a gun, but in the values behind differing approaches to "good" government. An important contribution to the study of the political culture of wartime Europe, this volume will be essential reading for both political scientists and twentieth-century historians.

About Author

Martin Conway is a Fellow in History at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Peter Romijn is Head of Research at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD), Amsterdam, and a Professor at the University of Amsterdam


Foreword Chapter One: Political Legitimacy in Mid-Twentieth Century Europe: An Introduction Chapter Two: Legitimacy in Inter-War Europe Chapter Three: Wartime National Legitimacy: Ownership, Pretenders and Wars Chapter Four: The War For Legitimacy At the Local Level Chapter Five: Culture and Legitimacy Chapter Six: Legitimacy and the Making of the Post-War Order This is a a collective volume. Chapters I, II and III were prominently written by the editors, Martin Conway and Peter Romijn, with the valuable assistance of Benjamin Frommer and Denis Peschanski in the preparation of Chapter II, and III respectively. Chapter IV was written by Nico Wouters with the assistance of Niels Wium Olesen and the editors. Chapter V was written by Mary Vincent and Erica Carter. Chapter VI was written by Mark Pittaway with the valuable assistance of Hans-Fredrik Dahl. Ben Frommer, Nowrthwestern University, Evanston IL Denis Peschanski, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris Nico Wouters Mechelen, Belgium Niels Wium Olesen, University of Aarhus Mary Vincent, University of Sheffield Erica Carter, University of Warwick Mark Pittaway, The Open University, Milton Keynes Hans Fredrik Dahl, University of Oslo

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781845204815
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781845204815
  • weight: 508
  • ISBN10: 1845204816

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