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National commemoration after the "second Thirty Years’ War"

Hutchinson, John (2014) National commemoration after the "second Thirty Years’ War". In: Sumartojo, Shanti and Wellings, Ben, (eds.) Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration: Mobilizing the Past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Cultural Memories(2). Peter Lang, Oxford, UK, pp. 27-44. ISBN 9783034309370

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Abstract

When analysing Great War commemoration one hundred years after the event, it is difficult not to refer to its successor, since the Second World War arose out of the instabilities created by the Versailles settlement. This chapter will examine if the two world wars can be regarded together as a 'second Thirty Years' War' that has eroded belief in European national identities and enabled the rise of global and regional identities, in which the politics of reconciliation and restitution replaces that of marital realpolitik. In many countries the commemorative rituals of the First and Second World Wars are the frame through which the sacrifices of all subsequent wars are recognized. But from another perspective, the wars laid the basis of a post-national world, creating first the League of Nations, then in 1945 the United Nations, organizations that sought to establish universal norms to regulate disputes within a new global system of nation-states.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.peterlang.com/
Additional Information: © 2014 Peter Lang AG
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
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Date Deposited: 14 May 2014 09:21
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/56770/

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