Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements

Does Generation Matter? Progressive Democratic Cultures in Western Europe, 1945–1960

Editors: Späth, Jens (Ed.)

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  • Examines the role of generation in the intellectual and political debate of 1945 across Germany, France and Italy
  • Offers a comparative approach to the evolution of these national political cultures, offering a micro-regional analysis of the concept of a pan-European generation
  • Considers the changes and continuities in political structures marked by 1945 and questions the role of historical memory in these new democratic societies
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“Generation” has become a central concept of cultural, historical and social studies. This book analyses how this concept is currently used and how it relates to memory and constructions of historical meaning from educational, historical, legal and political perspectives. Attempts to compare different national generations or to elaborate boundary-crossing, transnational generations still constitute an exception. In trying to fill this gap, this collection of essays concentrates on one crucial moment of “the age of extremes” and on one specific generation: the year 1945 and its progressive politicians and intellectuals. Focusing on Italy, West Germany and France, it suggests that the concept of generation should be regarded as an open question in space and time. Therefore, this volume asks what role generation played in the intellectual and political debates of 1945: if it facilitated change, if it served as source of solidarity and cohesion and how post-war societies organized their time.

About the authors

Jens Späth is Lecturer of Contemporary European History at Saarland University, Germany. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Generation as an Open Question

    Späth, Jens

    Pages 3-27

  • Toward a New Political Culture? Totalitarian Experience and Democratic Reconstruction After 1945

    Wirsching, Andreas

    Pages 29-45

  • The Original 45ers: A European “Generation of Resistance”?

    Rigoll, Dominik

    Pages 49-69

  • Continuity in Rupture: The Italian and German Constitutional Culture After 1945

    Cau, Maurizio

    Pages 71-92

  • Toward a New Political Science in Italy and West Germany After 1945: Democracy, Politics and Generational Change

    D’Ottavio, Gabriele

    Pages 93-115

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-77421-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Does Generation Matter? Progressive Democratic Cultures in Western Europe, 1945–1960
Editors
  • Jens Späth
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77422-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77422-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77421-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 293
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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