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(Re)Constructing Communities in Europe, 1918-1968

Senses of Belonging Below, Beyond and Within the Nation-State, 1st Edition

Edited by Stefan Couperus, Harm Kaal


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This book offers a new perspective on the social history of twentieth-century Europe by investigating the ideals and ideas, the life worlds and ideologies that emerge behind the use of the concept of community. It explores a wide variety of actors, ranging from the tenants of London council estates to transnational cultural elites.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: (Re)Constructing Communities in Europe, 1918–68

[Stefan Couperus and Harm Kaal]

Part I: Urban Communities

2. Languages of Place and Belonging: Competing Conceptions of "Community" in Mid-Twentieth-Century Bermondsey, London

[Jon Lawrence]

3. Rethinking the "Blueprint for Living Together": Community Planning and Sociology in Coventry, 1940–55

[Stefan Couperus]

4. ‘Washing Away the Dirt of the War Years’: History, Politics and the Reconstruction of Urban Communities in Post–World War II Helsinki

[Tanja Vahtikari]

Part II: Rural and Regional Communities

5. A Counter-Community Between Regionalism and Nationalism: State-Building and the Vision of Modernisation in Interwar Romania

[Florian Kührer-Wielach]

6. Community Building and Expert Involvement with Reclaimed Lands in the Netherlands, 1930s–50s

[Liesbeth van de Grift]

7. The Turn to Local Communities in Early Post-War West Germany: The Case of Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen, 1945–65

[Jeremy DeWaal]

Part III: Transnational Communities

8. Restoring the Republic of Letters: Romain Rolland, Stefan Zweig and Transnational Community-Building in Europe, 1914–34

[Marleen Rensen]

9. A Vatican Conspiracy?: Internationalism, Catholicism and the Quest for European Unification, 1945–50

[Maarten van den Bos]

10. Piercing the Iron Curtain?: Competing Visions of Transnational Expert Community and the Question of International Order after 1945

[Phillip Wagner]

Part IV: Nation, Class, and Religion

11. Reconstructing Post-War Political Communities: Class, Religion and Political Identity-Formation in the Netherlands, 1945–68

[Harm Kaal]

12. Dialogues on Religion in a "Socialist Society" under Construction: Marxist Social Scientists and Czech Protestants, 1940s–60s

[Ondrej Matejka]

13. Languages of "National Community" and Its "Others" in Europe, 1918–68

[Stefan Berger]

About the Editors

Stefan Couperus is a senior lecturer at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Harm Kaal is an assistant professor of political history at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Modern European History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Modern / General
HISTORY / Social History