In: Europa 1914
Britain and Germany in a (Post)Colonial World
While cultural diversity and hybridity have often been celebrated, they also challenge traditional concepts of national and cultural identity – challenges which have caused considerable anxiety. Various disciplines have often investigated the impact of cultural hybridity, multiculture, and (post)colonialism in relative isolation and with a tendency towards over-theorization and loss of specificity. Greater interdisciplinary cooperation can counter this tendency and encourage sustained comparisons between different former empires and across language boundaries.
This volume contributes to such developments by combining contributions from history, English and German studies, cultural geography, theatre studies, and film studies; by covering both the colonial and the postcolonial period; and by looking comparatively at two different (post)colonial contexts: the United Kingdom and Germany.
The result is productive dialogue across the distinct colonial and migration histories of the UK and Germany, which brings out divergent concepts of cultural difference – but, importantly, without neglecting similarities and transnational developments. The interdisciplinary outlook extends beyond political definitions of identity and difference to include consumer culture, literature, film, and journalism – cultural and social practices that construct, represent, and reflect personal and collective identities.
Section I discusses the historical and contemporary role of colonial experience and its remembrance in the construction of national identities. Section II follows on by tracing the reflections of (post)coloniality and twentieth-century migration in the specific fields of economic history and consumer culture. Section III centres on recent debates about multiculture and national/cultural identity in politics, literature, and film.
In: Hybrid Cultures – Nervous States
In: Hybrid Cultures – Nervous States
In: Hybrid Cultures – Nervous States
In: Hybrid Cultures – Nervous States
Wege ins Unbekannte
Die Frage, ob der Erste Weltkrieg letztlich vermeidbar gewesen wäre oder ob die Welt unaufhaltsam in die Katastrophe trieb, ist fast so alt wie dieser Krieg selbst.
Der Band widmet sich schlaglichtartig Fragen nach der Einstellung der herrschenden Eliten zum Krieg, der öffentlichen Meinung von Männern und Frauen sowie den kollektiven Mentalitäten in den kriegführenden Nationen. Eine vergleichende Zusammenschau der gesellschaftlichen Erwartungen, Hoffnungen, Ängste sowie die Selbst- und Fremdwahrnehmungen soll außerdem dazu beitragen, den Blick auf die Umstände und Folgen des Kriegsausbruchs in Europa zu lenken. Zugleich bietet er eine Analyse der neuesten Forschungsergebnisse zur Geschichte des Ersten Weltkriegs und bettet sie kulturhistorisch in die Umstände des Jubiläumsjahres 2014 ein.