Post-war Europe: A Social and Cultural Revolution

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This chapter discusses the fundamental changes in the European social and cultural landscape, with a divided Cold War Europe, but also a Europe moving towards unification and welfare. In German television culture, historical drama in this period is about families and everyday life from an East–West perspective, for instance Weissensee (2010–2018) and Tannbach (2015–2018). Other forms of generational period dramas focus on the cultural revolution of the 1960s, on changing norms and values, the crisis of the paternalistic society, and the transformation of gender roles and family values. Edgar Reitz’s Heimat 2: The Chronicle of a Generation (1992) is the main example, while British period dramas include the extremely popular and international success Call the Midwife (2012–) about the long road from poverty to welfare.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave European Film and Media Studies
Number of pages37
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-60495-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-60496-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesPalgrave European Film and Media Studies

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