The Second World War has not ceased to be a source of inspiration for many historians in Europe. New generations, institutions and angles of analysis nurture a continuously evolving historiography. The changes and expansion of the post-Cold War European frame have left their marks on Second World War historiography in Europe during the last decades. This symposium therefore intends to draw up a state of affairs by providing a forum for dialogue.
Through a selection of familiar (Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands) and lesser-known (Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, former Yugoslavia) cases, the symposium takes a closer look at the Second World War historiography in Europe. Five main questions will be at the centre of its quest:
1 Who writes history?
2 Which shifts in perspective can be noticed?
3 What evolution is there to be seen with regard to the sources used?
4 What has been the influence of public debate on historiography?
5 What was the role of public authorities?
For the SOMA-CEGES, which was preceded by the Centre for Research and Studies on the History of the Second World War, founded in 1969, this symposium is not only an opportunity for introspection, self-analysis and comparison. It will also be the starting point of its 40th anniversary year.