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Germany in Europe: From Arrogant Bully to Dependable Team Player? - Campus Weeks 2013/2014
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Germany in Europe 1913: The Portrayal of the Great War
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
9:45AM-12:15PM, the International Lounge, Usdan
With historians Thomas Weber, Philipp Stelzel, and Chad Williams, organized by Ian Hopper, Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Modern Britain and the World from 1750 in the History department at Brandeis University.
The way in which people understand war derives principally from the portrayal of war in their society. Portrayals can be found in personal narratives, historical writing, political rhetoric, and art. Over the last century, the cinema has become the primary transmitter of the imagery of war and it is from film that most derive their essential understanding of the nature of warfare and military history. This panel brings together historical and artistic perspectives to discuss important questions surrounding the portrayal of war. These include: What are the challenges to portraying war historically or artistically? In what ways do the concerns of historians and directors of films overlap or diverge? What political or cultural influences shape how war is portrayed? How can portrayals of war confront or confirm the biases of their audience? There will be time for questions from the audience at the end of the discussion. All are welcome to attend.