Smelser, Ronald M., 1942-

The myth of the Eastern Front : the Nazi-Soviet war in American popular culture / Ronald Smelser, Edward J. Davies II. - Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008. - xii, 327 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-317) and index.

Americans experience the war in Russia, 1941-1945 -- The Cold War and the emergence of a lost cause mythology -- The German generals talk, write, and network -- Memoirs, novels, and popular histories -- Winning hearts and minds : the Germans interpret the war for the United States public -- The gurus -- Wargames, the internet, and the popular culture of the romancers -- Romancing the war : re-enactors and "What if" history -- Conclusion.

"From the 1950s onward, Americans were quite receptive to a view of World War Two propagated by many Germans on how the war was fought on the Eastern Front in Russia. Through a network of former high-ranking Wehrmacht and current Bundeswehr officers who had served in Russia, Germans were able to convince Americans that the German army had fought a "clean" war in the East and that atrocities there were committed solely by Nazi organizations. This view fit well with the prevailing anti-Communism of the Cold War and continues to this day in a broad subculture of general readers, German military enthusiasts, wargame aficionados, military paraphernalia collectors, and reenactors who tend to romanticize the German military."--Jacket.

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World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Eastern Front.
World War, 1939-1945--Public opinion.
Propaganda, German--United States.
Public opinion--United States.
Myth.


Germany--Foreign public opinion, American.

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