The myth of the Eastern Front : the Nazi-Soviet war in American popular culture / Ronald Smelser, Edward J. Davies II.
By: Smelser, Ronald M.
Contributor(s): Davies, Edward J., II.Material type: TextPublisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008Description: xii, 327 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780521833653 (hardback); 0521833655 (hardback); 9780521712316 (pbk.); 0521712319 (pbk.).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Eastern Front | World War, 1939-1945 -- Public opinion | Propaganda, German -- United States | Germany -- Foreign public opinion, American | Public opinion -- United States | MythDDC classification: 940.54/217
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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.