The Past in Hiding: Legacies of War, Holocaust, Occupation and Collaboration in Post-1945 Europe

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Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7


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This module explores how Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, France and Austria dealt with the legacies and memories of fascism, National Socialism, occupation, collaboration and resistance. Coming to terms with the recent past of war, Holocaust and destruction was a European teask carried out differently in different countries. New founding narratives were created and former enemies were replaced with new ones. Taking the traingle of history, memory and narrative as a starting point, the module explores ways in which different nations coped with the past, providing insight into historical narratives and political thought in post-1945 Europe. After the end of the Second World War, Europe's population was faced with death and destruction on an unprecendented scale and there was little time, so it seemed, to mourn and reflect. New governments and new political systems quickly replaced the previousones and oftern based their foundation on an explicit stance against totalitarian regimes. Stories of resistance an martyrdom, of suffering and victimhood were essential to create the sense of a new beginning.

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Learning and teaching methods

1 x 2 hour seminar per week


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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Extended Essay  09/05/2018   

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Nadine Rossol, email:
Dr Nadine Rossol
Graduate Administrator, Department of History, Telephone: 01206 872190



External examiner

Prof Matthew Houlbrook
The University of Birmingham
Professor of Cultural History
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
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