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If Britain Had Fallen: The Real Nazi Occupation Plans Norman Longmate Greenhill Books


31st August 2012 History Books 0 Comments

If Britain Had Fallen covers every phase of the subject, from the German pre-invasion manoeuvring and preparations, the landing of troops, to the German seizure of power. What follows is a fascinating contemplation of what it would have been like to live day to day under German occupation, creating a new reality that is thoroughly believable and thus all the more frightening. Would America, Canada or Australia come to the rescue? Would the British people have come to accept the occupation? Would the deportation of friends, the flying of the swastika from Buckingham Palace incite passive compliance, or brave resistance? All these questions and more are explored to their full in this thought provoking and chilling book. This is a classic book, with fresh material from Norman Longmate. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Norman Longmate is a respected historian and author of a number of books including the critically acclaimed How We Lived Then: A History of Everyday Life during the Second World War, Defending the Island: From Caesar to the Armada, Island Fortress: The Defense of Great Britain, 1603–1945, The Doodlebugs: The Story of the Flying-Bombs and The Real Dad’s Army: The Story of the Home Guard. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

The question ‘what if’ Germany had invaded the British Isles has long preoccupied writers, but none have dealt with the subject as comprehensively and effectively as Norman Longmate. Based on a classic television film of the same name, If Britain Had Fallen covers every phase of the subject, from the German pre-invasion manoeuvring and preparations, the landing of troops, to the German seizure of power. What follows is a fascinating contemplation of what it would have been like to live day to day under German occupation, creating a new reality that is thoroughly believable and thus all the more frightening. What would have happened to the King and the Government? Would America, Canada or Australia come to the rescue? Would the British people have come to accept the occupation? Would the deportation of friends, the flying of the swastika from Buckingham Palace incite passive compliance, or brave resistance? All these questions and more are explored to their full in this thought provoking and chilling pastiche of the centuries most enduring and darkest episodes. This is a classic book, with fresh material from Norman Longmate.If Britain Had Fallen: The Real Nazi Occupation Plans

The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism

“With The World Hitler Never Made Gavriel Rosenfeld takes a completely fascinating and highly original cut into the complex of questions concerning the relationship between history and memory on the subject of Nazism and its place in post-1945 popular culture. He tackles these themes with great verve, writing with admirable clarity, and marshalling a prodigious array of speculative fictions and ‘alternate histories’ in order to build his arguments. The resulting book is both accessible and challenging, densely documented and thoroughly absorbing. All German historians will want to read it, as will anyone interested in Holocaust memory and the legacies of Nazism.” Geoff Eley, University of Michigan

“Gavriel Rosenfeld’s analysis of ‘alternative historical’ treatments of Nazi Germany, embracing a broad range of popular media, is bound to raise hackles. Yet in seeking to comprehend the comparative, changing mentalities of postwar America, Britain, and Germany he has conceived and produced a provocative and deeply insightful book. The World Hitler Never Made is a strikingly original and imaginative cultural history that reveals a great deal about the post-war world by examining ‘alternative historical’ forays into Nazism and the Holocaust. It is perhaps the most accessible, as well as one of the most important scholarly books ever written about the role of the Holocaust in popular consciousness from the war’s end up to our own time.” Michael Berkowitz, University College London

“A history of alternative histories, The World Hitler Never Made is an imaginative and intriguing look at our culture’s fascination with what might have been, had things gone differently during the Second World War. With panache, erudition and a broad comparative sweep, Rosenfeld analyzes these distorted images of what occurred, unearthing our evident pleasure in imagining other outcomes and what that says about our relationship to the Nazi past. The possibility of evil winning, or at least sidestepping defeat, cuts perhaps all too close to the bone today.” Peter Baldwin, University of California, Los Angeles

“In this wide-ranging and highly stimulating book, Gavriel Rosenfeld explores the changing nature yet strange persistence of alternate histories of the Nazi past, showing the ways in which Hitler and the Third Reich have occupied Western popular culture long after the regime’s demise. In so doing Rosenfeld does more than simply advance a persuasive case for why such mass market myth-making and counterfactual history deserve to be taken more seriously as revealing expressions of popular memory; The World That Hitler Never Made goes a long way towards furnishing a cultural history of some of the most powerful fears and fantasies haunting the Western social imagination from the end of the Second World War to the present.” Paul Betts, University of Sussex

“The World Hitler Never Made is an impressive work.” -Financial Times, Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government at Oxford University

“There is no better guide than The World Hitler Never Made, which takes us through this strange domain without descending into it.” -The New Leader

“The World Hitler Never Made is an important, well-researched book.”
Ronald Hilton

“Gavriel Rosenfeld’s recent study is an interesting and original contribution to our understanding of history and memory.” -Clifton Ganyard, German Studies Review

What if the Nazis had triumphed in World War II? What if Adolf Hitler had escaped Berlin for the jungles of Latin America in 1945? What if Hitler had become a successful artist instead of a politician? Originally published in 2005, Gavriel D. Rosenfeld’s pioneering study explores why such counterfactual questions on the subject of Nazism have proliferated within Western popular culture. Examining a wide range of novels, short stories, films, television programs, plays, comic books, and scholarly essays appearing in Great Britain, the United States, and Germany post-1945, Rosenfeld shows how the portrayal of historical events that never happened reflects the evolving memory of the Third Reich’s real historical legacy. He concludes that the shifting representation of Nazism in works of alternate history, as well as the popular reactions to them, highlights their subversive role in promoting the normalisation of the Nazi past in Western memory.

The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism (New Studies in European History)










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