Politics of Security: British and West German Protest Movements and the Early Cold War, 1945-1970

Hardcover | November 1, 2013

byHolger Nehring

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How did European societies experience the Cold War? Politics of Security focuses on a number of peace movements in Britain and West Germany from the end of Second World War in 1945 to the early 1970s to answer this question. Britons and West Germans had been fierce enemies in the Second WorldWar. After 1945, however, many activists in both countries imagined themselves to be part of a common movement against nuclear armaments.Combining comparative and transnational histories, Politics of Security stresses how these movements were deeply embedded in their own societies, but also transcended them. In particular, it highlights the centrality of the memories of the Second World War as a prism through which people made senseof the threat of nuclear war. By placing British and West German experiences side by side, Holger Nehring illuminates the general patterns and specific features of these debates, arguing that the key characteristic of these discussions was the countries' concerns with different notions of security.The volume highlights how these ideas changed over time, how they reflected more general political, social, and cultural trends, and how they challenged mainstream assumptions of politics and government.This volume is the first to capture in a transnational fashion what activists did on marches against nuclear warfare, and what it meant to them and to others. It highlights the ways in which people became activists, and how they were transformed by these experiences. Nehring examines how these twosocieties with very different experiences and memories of the cruelties and atrocities of the Second World War drew on very similar arguments when they came to understand the Cold War through the prism of the previous world war.

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How did European societies experience the Cold War? Politics of Security focuses on a number of peace movements in Britain and West Germany from the end of Second World War in 1945 to the early 1970s to answer this question. Britons and West Germans had been fierce enemies in the Second WorldWar. After 1945, however, many activists in ...

Holger Nehring completed his D.Phil. at University College, Oxford, before taking up a research fellowship at St. Peter's College, Oxford. He has been teaching at the University of Sheffield since March 2006. His interests lie in the transnational history of social movements and activism, peace history, the history of violence, and th...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:November 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of FiguresIntroduction1. From War to Post-War: Security Lost and Found2. Identifying the Protests and the Protest Makers3. Political Experiences and the Security of Community4. Organising the Extra-Parliamentary Politics of Security5. 'Peace', the Nation, and International Relations6. Demonstrating Security7. Openings: Politics, culture, and activism in the 1960s8. Redefining SolidarityEpilogue: Redefining ExperiencesBibliographyIndex