Explaining Auschwitz and Hiroshima: History Writing and the Second World War 1945-1990


In this topical book, Bosworth explores the ways in which the main combatant societies of the Second World War have historicised that experience. He argues that in Britain, France, Italy, the USSR and Japan, as well as Germany, the traumatic history of the 'long Second World War' has remained crucial to the culture and politics of their post-war societies. Bosworth examines when, why and with what effect interpretations of the war have shifted, and he analyses major controversies in history writing. Combining a wide-ranging and flexible use of sources from history, documentary and feature film with a unique overview of the historiographical controversies of six countries, Bosworth provides a stimulating and thought provoking excursion into comparative history.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1994


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