Gästseminarium: Michael Wintle

Kultur & språk

Michael Wintle pratar om sin pågående forskning på ett gästseminarium.

31 maj 2022
09:15 - 10:45
Lilla Skansen B340 and Zoom
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This seminar will be held in English.

Join us for a guest seminar with Michael Wintle (Professor of Modern European History, University of Amsterdam)

Title: ‘War, culture, and European identity in the first half of the twentieth century’,

This seminar will take place in-person in B340 Lilla Skansen and online via Zoom: https://gu-se.zoom.us/j/65222912908...

Abstract: This paper concerns the effects of two unprecedented, total world wars in terms of what it actually meant to be European. During the wars themselves, the sufferings and deprivation were evident, but when peace returned, in 1918 and 1945, how did the great slaughter and mourning and celebration change the ideas held by Europeans about their civilization, and about their place in the rest of the world? What did it mean to be European, and did war change that? The idea is explored that the world wars generated fundamental changes in the way Europe imagined itself culturally, which in turn affected European identity. Even now, in the next millennium, the world wars are still remembered as an underlying cause for European co-operation, while war trauma and Holocaust memory are seen as important elements in European identity. What has been the relationship between Europe’s self-image and war, and in that respect what were the differences in effect between the two world wars? Industrialized warfare, changing ideas of empire and of particular forms of democracy, and the resurgence of Eurocentrism will come under scrutiny in terms of their effects through war on the identity and idea of Europe in the twentieth century.
And although I shall not deal with them directly, what does all this say about later wars on European territory, like the post-Yugoslav ones in the 1990s, and the current one in Ukraine?