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'This is comparative history on a grand scale, skilfully analysing complex national debates and drawing major conclusions without ever losing the necessary nuances of interpretation.' Stefan Berger, University of Manchester, UK Remembering the Road to World War Two is a broad and comparative international survey of the historiography of the origins of the Second World War. It explores how, in the case of each of the major combatant countries, historical writing on the origins of the Second World War has been inextricably entwined with debates over national identity and collective memory. Spanning seven case studies - the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, the United States and Japan - Patrick Finney proposes a fresh approach to the politics of historiography. This provocative volume discusses the political, cultural, disciplinary and archival factors which have contributed to the evolving construction of historical interpretations. It analyses the complex and multi-faceted relationships between texts about the origins of the war, the negotiation of conceptions of national identity and unfolding processes of war remembrance. Offering an innovative perspective on international history and enriching the literature on collective memory, this book will prove fascinating reading for all students of the Second World War.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415230186
ISBN-10: 0415230187
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Patrick Finney

Patrick Finney teaches in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, UK. He has published widely in the fields of twentieth century international history, history and theory and collective memory. Previous publications include (ed.) Palgrave Advances in International History (2005).

Books By Author Patrick Finney

Palgrave Advances in International History by Patrick Finney

Palgrave Advances in International History

Paperback, December 2004
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Origins of the Second World War by Patrick Finney

The Origins of the Second World War

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