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World War II Re-explored

Some New Millenium Studies in the History of the Global Conflict

Edited By Jarosław Suchoples, Stephanie James and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

This volume is a collection of thirty papers written by authors from around the world. The writers focus on topics related to their own research interests. As a result, readers obtain a worldwide perspective on World War II from academics working on nearly every continent, proving that World War II was, probably, the first ever truly global experience for humanity. Present are many and different perspectives on the war. Eighty years after the end of World War II, these academics share their knowledge and reflections about a gruesome, but still not very remote time. In the new millennium, their studies should remind readers that the ‘end of history’ has been an impossible illusion and warn that peace and stability in international relations are not a given.

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Authorship during Fascism, National-Socialism and War Conservative Conspiracy

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Dangers and Despair of ‘the Inner Exile’: Rudolf Borchardt and Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen

To be conservative means to believe in the unchangeable laws of the old world:

in the old world that begins to shake on the day it wants to rid itself of all garbage.

Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen1

A man, who could legally demand allegiance, has rarely been betrayed in Germany. However, Germany, one might think from outside, has always been betrayed – but these words lack a German meaning since this idea has no martyrs here.

Rudolf Borchardt2

Abstract: German right-wing conservatism had been well prepared for the fall of the Weimar Republic – but overestimated its own influence on the further development of the Third Reich. In 1934, the new regime turned out to be a demonic danger for life and the liberty of thinking, even for many supporters. Still in possession of the means to publish, conservative authors used the description of historic events, such as mass insanity or the popular national myths of German history, to signalise their distance to the Nazi regime. After the war the public and scientific discussion on the worth of their works and their aesthetics of the evil has rarely been appropriate, and consequently has changed since the 1990s. The following survey of 2 ←527 | 528→monarchist authors shows how they both constructed historic comparisons as an argument against contemporary Germany, and why they failed to evoke real political action:...

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