(Re)Constructing Communities in Europe, 1918-1968 : Senses of Belonging Below, Beyond and Within the Nation-State book cover
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(Re)Constructing Communities in Europe, 1918-1968
Senses of Belonging Below, Beyond and Within the Nation-State

ISBN 9781138329928
Published June 28, 2018 by Routledge

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Book Description

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]

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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.