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Author Gallagher, Patrick, 1979- author.

Title Traumatic defeat : POWs, MIAs, and national mythmaking / Patrick Gallagher.

Publication Info. Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2018]


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  940.54 G135t 2018    ---  Available
Description viii, 200 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Germany's war on the Eastern Front, and the origins of its secret camp myth -- The short-lived German secret camp myth -- Missing Americans in Southeast Asia and the origins of POW/MIA activism -- Radicalization of POW/MIA advocacy and the emergence of the secret camp myth -- High-water mark of the secret camp myth -- Conclusion.
Summary "Traumatic Defeat is a comparative study of wartime and postwar Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) activism and politics in Germany after World War II and the US after the Vietnam War. Patrick Gallagher argues that under certain circumstances, a postwar form of national mythology develops, derived from POW/MIA activism and the belief that substantial numbers of MIAs continue to survive in secret captivity after war's end. He refers to this phenomenon as the "secret camp myth," after the covert facilities in which these missing men supposedly survive. Gallagher demonstrates that these two parallel cases of national trauma over prisoners and the missing demonstrate how wars can breed mythologies that, if not satisfied, can take on lives of their own and come to dominate national conversations on the history of warfare, aftermath, and defeat."--Provided by publisher.
Subject Vietnam War (1961-1975) (OCoLC)fst01431664
World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
Prisoners of war -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Loss (Psychology) -- Political aspects -- Case studies.
War -- Psychological aspects -- Case studies.
Conspiracy theories -- Case studies.
Collective memory -- Case studies.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Missing in action -- Germany.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Russian.
Prisoners of war -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Missing in action -- United States.
Collective memory. (OCoLC)fst01739814
Conspiracy theories. (OCoLC)fst01748943
Missing in action. (OCoLC)fst01023694
Prisoners of war. (OCoLC)fst01077227
War -- Psychological aspects. (OCoLC)fst01170363
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Case studies. (OCoLC)fst01423765
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Prisoners of war, missing in action and national mythmaking
POWs, MIAs, and national mythmaking
ISBN 9780700626441 hardcover ; alkaline paper
0700626441 hardcover ; alkaline paper
9780700626458 electronic book

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