The volume offers compelling examples of recent scholarship addressing various aspects of how European societies came to terms with, or chose to overlook, their experiences under fascism. Included are studies of significant regional diversity: France, Spain, Hungary, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Germany and Austria, as well as transnational themes. Each essay advances its own particular thematic and methodological approach, from everyday life experiences to political culture, educational reform, family history and memory, diplomatic relations, the work of international governmental organizations, and a case study involving an economic institution. The shared perspective of the authors is the analysis of the different and various ways in which the fascist past cast a shadow over societies after fascism.
Matthew P. Berg is Professor of History at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and specializes in postwar society in Austria and Germany; Maria Mesner is Lecturer in History and Gender Studies at the University of Vienna and is Director of the Bruno Kreisky Archives Foundation, Vienna.