What happens when the fighting stops?
This course begins the day after WW2 ended in Europe and focuses on the process of national myth-making. During the War, many people collaborated with Nazi rule while few resisted. After the war, liberated countries rewrote their wartime histories to promote a nationalist story of reluctant collaboration and widespread resistance. With remarkable speed, people adopted these national myths, and a strange type of collective amnesia took hold.
This course explores how France, Germany, and Poland transitioned from war to peace to myth in the period following WW2, before concluding with an in-depth investigation of how this same process occurred within Scandinavia.