Does patriotic pride inevitably develop into nationalistic aggression? Is this exacerbated by the global outreach of the media? And what is the relationship between mainstream politics and increasingly vocal anti-immigrant and far-right groups? This book tackles these thorny questions, from Europe, the US and post-Soviet Russia, to probe the overlaps between national and racial pride, propaganda, political power and the press. Its findings explore diverse topics ranging from the 'War on Terror' to Holocaust denial, from the 'sanctity' of Rasputin to the 'martyrdom' of Rudolf Hess. It gives vital insight into the way the press can be used to propagate nationalist agendas and how old myths can gain new currency through modern forms of media.
Jan Herman Brinks is a specialist in modern German history and has held an Honorary Research Fellowship at Birkbeck College, London. Stella Rock is a Senior Research Fellow at Keston Center for Religion, Politics and Society at Baylor University in Texas. Edward Timms is Research Professor in History at the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex. He is also author of Taking up the Torch: English Institutions, German Dialectics and Multicultural Commitments (2011).
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co LtdPaperback
Publication Date: 31 May 2012
Number of Pages: 288