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Dissonant LivesGenerations and Violence Through the German Dictatorships$
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Mary Fulbrook

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287208

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199287208.001.0001

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Generations in an age of violence

(p.471) 12 Conclusions
Dissonant Lives

Mary Fulbrook

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the experiences of East Germans with Nazi and communist dictatorship. It suggests that violence in colonial Germany may have played some role in the character of atrocities in the Great War but it did not cause the continuation of any supposed ‘traditions of violence’. It also discusses the similarities between the two dictatorships and the ways in which people are both inherently shaped by and also shape history; and the ways in which their ever changing perceptions of the past and the present intersect with structures of power and changing circumstances.

Keywords:   East Germans, Nazi dictatorship, communist dictatorship, colonial Germany, traditions of violence

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