From politics to nostalgia: the transformation of war memories in France during the 1960-1970s

Bracke, M.A. (2011) From politics to nostalgia: the transformation of war memories in France during the 1960-1970s. European History Quarterly, 41(1), pp. 5-24. (doi:10.1177/0265691410386423)

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Abstract

This article discusses changes in collective memory of World War Two in France during the 1960s—1970s on the basis of a contextualized discussion of three films, all of which adopt, it is argued, a self-conscious politics of memory. The films are taken as examples of a particular relationship to World War Two that was historically possible in a given political context. As in most of the literature, ‘the 1968 years’ are taken as a moment of change, but it is argued here that they constituted the end rather than the start of a series of political challenges to collective memory of World War Two. During the 1970s representations of World War Two in cinema as well as public discourse more generally were increasingly historicized and disconnected from contemporary society, and thus de-politicized.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bracke, Dr Maud
Authors: Bracke, M.A.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DC France
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:European History Quarterly
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:0265-6914
ISSN (Online):1461-7110
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 The Author
First Published:First published in European History Quarterly 41(1):5-24
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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