The Culture of Defeat: On National Trauma, Mourning, and Recovery

Wolfgang Schivelbusch

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The Culture of Defeat: On National Trauma, Mourning, and Recovery

The Culture of Defeat On National Trauma Mourning and Recovery Focusing on three seminal cases of military defeat the South after the Civil War France in the wake of the Franco Prussian War and Germany following World War I Wolfgang Schivelbusch reveals the com

  • Title: The Culture of Defeat: On National Trauma, Mourning, and Recovery
  • Author: Wolfgang Schivelbusch
  • ISBN: 9780312423193
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • Focusing on three seminal cases of military defeat the South after the Civil War, France in the wake of the Franco Prussian War, and Germany following World War I Wolfgang Schivelbusch reveals the complex psychological and cultural responses of vanquished nations to the experience of loss on the battlefield Drawing on reactions from every level of society, SchivelbuschFocusing on three seminal cases of military defeat the South after the Civil War, France in the wake of the Franco Prussian War, and Germany following World War I Wolfgang Schivelbusch reveals the complex psychological and cultural responses of vanquished nations to the experience of loss on the battlefield Drawing on reactions from every level of society, Schivelbusch charts the narratives defeated nations construct and finds remarkable similarities across cultures Eloquently and vibrantly told, The Culture of Defeat is a brilliant and provocative tour de force of history.

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    One thought on “The Culture of Defeat: On National Trauma, Mourning, and Recovery

    1. Annelise on said:

      Pretty good I just wrote a review of this for class that I'll post on here as soon as the term's over and I can't be told I'm plagiarizing myself.

    2. Mommalibrarian on said:

      Country xyz "lost the battle for the true interpretation of defeat - and, conseuently, for political power" This is the author's thesis. He covers the American Civil War, one of the French revolutions and Germany after WWI. He scours old written sources for the slogans of the poets and politicians of the time. The P&P probably fly lots of mottos and bon mots but only a few catch on. It is not clear how their power at the time can be measured. This is very different from the great men/wars/da [...]

    3. Lesly on said:

      Some interesting points but overly effusive and the writer was pompous. Read 90% of book.

    4. Jeffrey David on said:

      What do the Civil War, the Franco-Prussian War, and World War One in common? This book argues that the lessons of defeat changed the vanquished, as they grappled with the causes of their defeat. From Woodrow Wilson's childhood memories of the occupying Union Army in Richmond, to French admonishment of their school system, to German mimicing of American wartime propaganda, Schivelbusch has written a book that is thoroughly engaging, showing how soceities rise form the ashes of defeat only when th [...]

    5. Christopher Carbone on said:

      Probably the most compelling book written about a largely misunderstood phenomenon: how the defeated peoples see themselves, and rarely is it defeated. From the Confederate States' "Lost Cause" mythology (which started in the 1850's), the French empire's "Revanche" ideal or the German Empire's "Stab in the Back", the book critically examines the mental impetus that causes defeated people to act as they act and to say what they say. And its eminently applicable to the US in the post 9/11 world. A [...]

    6. Tim Williams on said:

      Fascinating discussion of a global "era of total war" (1861-1945), which developed a unique culture for vanquished nations. While I'm not crazy about the over reliance on Walter Scott to explain southern culture, the author is smart to connect the South to global patterns of defeat.

    7. Aaron on said:

      The first third detailing the South’s response to their loss in the American Civil War is masterful and Schivelbusch’s multiple arguments are entirely convincing. His sections on France after the Franco-Prussian war and Germany after WWI can sometimes be thin and reaching.

    8. Fatema Johera Ahmed on said:

      I have truly missed history class, and this book catered very well to that unquenched hunger in its exploration of snippets of the psychologies of war and defeat in German, French and American pasts.

    9. Ian on said:

      Supes quirks. I will never picture the same thing when I think of #DefeatCulture again.

    10. Paul on said:

      Important book for understanding current situation. See, in particular, section about the Confederacy.

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