Its main purpose is to highlight issues relating to war not only from a historical, but especially from a cultural perspective. It therefore focusses on the relationship between war and factors such as geography, gender roles, literature, art etc. Focusing on the papers delivered at a number of international conferences (e.g. War and Geography 2015, War and Rape 2016), the new series is an international forum for the publication of qualitative research works (dissertations or habilitations).
English was chosen as the language of publication in order to secure and reach an international audience and to provide a global network of researchers in the field of War Studies.
Mit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges erschien die Demokratie als klares Erfolgsmodell. Doch die um 1990 begonnene Demokratisierung in Osteuropa, Afrika und Lateinamerika hat allzu häuﬁg mit Rückfällen in autoritäre Systeme geendet. Auch die Hoffnungen auf einen „arabischen Frühling“ wurden weitgehend enttäuscht. China zeigt als größte Nation der Erde keine Anzeichen einer Demokratisierung. Und in Europa und Nordamerika haben populistische Bewegungen, deren demokratische Ausrichtung zumindest zweifelhaft ist, breiten Zulauf. Selbst die ältesten Demokratien stecken heute in der Krise.
Dieses Buch öffnet den Blick auf die beunruhigende Tatsache, dass das Scheitern von Demokratien ein durchaus häuﬁges Phänomen ist, für das die Geschichte reiches Anschauungsmaterial bietet. Ausgewiesene Historiker schildern in kompakten Einzelkapiteln das Ende der Volksherrschaft in Athen, Frankreich, Italien, Deutschland, Spanien, Pakistan, Burma, Chile und Russland. So spannt sich der Bogen vom Ende der ersten Demokratie in Athen über das 19. und 20. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart. Doch nichts ist zwangsläuﬁg: Aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit lässt sich für die Gestaltung der Zukunft lernen.
When forcefully opened by a US mission in 1853, Japan was transformed by its ruling elites into a strong nation state, whose military and political forces wanted to avoid a colonization by foreign powers. Therefore, Japan’s military capacities were of special interest and the army and navy were westernized very fast. Japanese soldiers became known as “Asia’s Prussians”, and were often described as “gallant enemies”. This image, however, should rapidly change after the First World War. During the battles in China since 1937, and the Pacific since 1941, the Japanese soldiers were often referred to as “devils.“ This volume will take a closer look at the images of Japan’s military abroad to show how these images were created, how they changed and what stimulated the differences with regard to the foreign perception of Japan and its military between 1853 and 1945.
To analyze these changes and to show how war was remembered after the end of the Second World War, the present volume assembles the work of international specialists who deal with this particular question from different national and international perspectives. The contributions analyze the role of soldiers, perpetrators, and victims of different conflicts, including the Second World War. They show which motivational settings led to the erection of war memorials reflecting the values and historical traditions of the second half of the 20th and the 21st centuries. Thus, this interdisciplinary volume explores how war is commemorated and how its actors and victims are perceived around the globe.
The remembrance of war is nothing particularly new in history, since victories in decisive battles had been of interest since ancient times. However, the age of nationalism and the First World War triggered a new level of war remembrance that was expressed in countless memorials all over the world. The present volume presents the research of international specialists from different disciplines within the Humanities, whose research is dealing with the role of war memorials for the remembrance of conflicts like the First World War and their perceptions within the analyzed societies. It will be shown how memorials – in several different chronological and geographical contexts – were used to remember the dead, remind the survivors, and warn the descendants.
War causes destruction, loss, and trauma. Many artists have used their art to express feelings and memories related to these losses and their own traumatic experiences. The artwork that came into existence due to such processes reflects on events of our past, but should be considered a warning at the same time. To deal with human suffering means to fully engage with the artist remains of human war experiences. The present volume aims to provide a critical insight into the relationship between art and war, showing how artists dealt with human losses, destruction, and personal trauma.