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The myth of the Eastern Front : the Nazi-Soviet war in American popular culture

Author: Ronald M Smelser; Edward J Davies, II
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald M Smelser; Edward J Davies, II
ISBN: 9780521833653 0521833655 9780521712316 0521712319
OCLC Number: 190588403
Description: xii, 327 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Ronald Smelser, Edward J. Davies II.
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Some Americans are receptive to a positive interpretation of German military conduct on the Russian front in World War II.  Read more...

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