Enemies to Allies: Cold War Germany and American Memory by Brian C. Etheridge

By Brian C. Etheridge

At the shut of worldwide battle II, the us went from being allied with the Soviet Union opposed to Germany to alignment with the Germans opposed to the Soviet Union -- nearly in a single day. whereas many american citizens got here to understand the German humans as democrats status company with their Western allies at the entrance strains of the chilly conflict, others have been cautious of a renewed 3rd Reich and seen all Germans as nascent Nazis bent on global domination. those adverse views additional measurably to the ambience of worry and mistrust that outlined the chilly War.

In Enemies to Allies, Brian C. Etheridge examines multiple hundred years of yank interpretations and representations of Germany. With a specific specialise in the postwar interval, he demonstrates how a wide range of actors -- together with specified curiosity teams and US and West German policymakers -- hired robust narratives to persuade public opinion and attain their international coverage targets. Etheridge additionally analyses bestselling books, well known tv exhibits reminiscent of Hogan's Heroes, and award-winning video clips comparable to Schindler's List to bare how narratives in regards to the 3rd Reich and chilly warfare Germany have been synthetic, contested, and co-opted as rival viewpoints competed for legitimacy.

From the Holocaust to the Berlin Wall, Etheridge explores the contingent nature of a few of the main effective ethical symbols and photographs of the second one 1/2 the 20th century. This groundbreaking examine attracts from theories of public reminiscence and public international relations to illustrate how conflicting US money owed of German historical past function a window for realizing not just American identification, yet diplomacy and nation power.

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