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No. 59 (2015)
Commemorating World War II at 70:
Ethnic and Transnational Perspectives
Edited by Birgit Däwes and Ingrid Gessner
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary, this issue will serve as a reminder that the end of World War II did not necessarily provide closure. The aim is a double outlook on World War II: of revisiting the exceptionalist rhetoric of a single “good” war by including ethnic perspectives, and of critically and transnationally contextualizing it for the twenty-first century and for generations to come. The articles highlight invisible, silenced and displaced memories of the war from a transnational historical perspective and examine questions of representation, commemoration, and debt from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including memory, museum, and material culture studies, literary and film analysis, and public history.
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New Occasional Paper
Marisa Ronan investigates how the ideology of the “American Century” became enmeshed in the emergence of a distinct evangelical Christian fiction genre. By positioning the End Times narrative within an identifiably American experience, evangelicals sought to locate America’s destiny within a biblically ordained narrative of American Exceptionalism that drew heavily upon the geopolitical developments of the time. The article explores the origins of the “American Century” as a concept, from its earliest appearance in Henry R. Luce’s 1941 editorial, to how it became, for evangelical writers and theologians, a useful entry point into the political sphere and a way to encode their writing with an ever increasing sense of urgency.
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