Richard Bessel & Dirk Schumann, eds.
Life after Death: Approaches to a Cultural and Social History of Europe During the 1940s and 1950s
Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
This collection of essays does not perceive the impressive economic and political stability of the postwar era as a quasi-natural return to previous patterns of societal development. It approaches this stability as an attempt to establish "normality" upon the lingering memories of experiencing violence on an unprecedented scale. While the history of post-war Germany looms large in this collection, the essays cover countries across Western and Central Europe. They offer comparative perspectives and draw upon a wide range of primary and secondary source material.