European Identity and the Second World War

  • Menno Spiering
  • Michael Wintle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Editor’s Introduction: Ideals, Identity and War: The Idea of Europe, 1939–70

  3. World War II, Europe and Human Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Hagen Schulz-Forberg
      Pages 37-54
    3. Jay Winter
      Pages 55-72
  4. Reflections: Narratives of European Civilization and World War II

  5. Visions: Plans for a New Europe after World War II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Annemarie van Heerikhuizen
      Pages 159-170
    3. Menno Spiering
      Pages 171-185
  6. Shoah, War and European Civilization

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 247-273

About this book


The two concepts at the centre of this book: Europe, and the Second World War, are constantly changing in public perception. Now that 'Europe' is an even more contested idea than ever, this volume informs the current discourse on European identity by analysing Europe's reaction to the tragedy, heroism and disgrace of the Second World War.


Cold War colonialism Europe exile France history Holocaust Judaism nation perception Shoah Vergangenheitsbewältigung World War I World War II

Editors and affiliations

  • Menno Spiering
    • 1
  • Michael Wintle
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-32373-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-30694-3
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