Routledge has asked me to put together an edited volume on the history and memories of the Second World War in European countries which officially remained neutral during the conflict, and I am therefore looking for contributors who may be interested to contribute a chapter.
The structure of the volume would be as follows. Each country – Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland + perhaps Vatican/Liechtenstein/Andorra – would be the focus of three chapters: the first one would deal with one aspect of the history and/or historiography of the given country; the following two chapters would deal with two aspects of its cultural memories (high/low brow, or literature/film, or tv series/songs, etc.).
This is in fact the structure of a volume I recently co-edited on the seven major ‘long Second World War’ combatant nations in Europe – UK, FR, SP, GER, RUS, POL, IT – entitled The Long Aftermath: Cultural Legacies of Europe at War, 1936-2016 (Berghahn 2016; 2nd ed. in 2018), which was praised for its multidisciplinary approach and scope. Its introduction can be downloaded for free from the publisher’s website: https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/BragancaLong
I am contacting you all today in the hope that you or your colleagues may be interested by this new project. If so, may I ask you to get in touch with me urgently so we can discuss the project more in details? In any case, I would be most grateful if you could forward this call to whoever may be interested about any of the countries to be investigated, namely, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and perhaps Vatican, Liechtenstein & Andorra.
The deadline will have to be agreed between ourselves, but we will be flexible: good things need time to mature. The co-editor and I would of course help colleagues to finalize their chapters in English, if needed.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Very best wishes,