Four Years in a Red Coat: The Loveday Internment Camp Diary of Miyakatsu Koike

Book Cover: Four Years in a Red Coat: The Loveday Internment Camp Diary of Miyakatsu Koike
ISBN: 1743058969, 9781743058961
Size: 156.00 x 234.00 mm
Pages: 216

Before the Japanese Imperial Navy Air Service staged its surprise strike on Pearl Harbor, Miyakatsu Koike lived the privileged life of a Japanese expatriate in the Dutch East Indies. Through the working week he was a conscientious employee of the Yokohama Specie Bank in Surabaya. The rest of his time he could devote to playing golf and tennis, to indulging his hobby photography, and to exploring Java with his wife Fumiko. When his countrymen committed themselves to the 'Greater East Asia War', however, that world came to an abrupt and painful end.

Four Years in a Red Coat presents for the first time in English translation Miyakatsu Koike's wartime diary. It is a keenly observed record of his arrest, his hellish voyage to distant South Australia, his endurance of years in the Loveday Internment Camp, and his return ultimately to a war-ravaged homeland. More than that, it is a testament to one man's calmly stoic triumph over sustained adversity. The scars of his war are indelible, yet Koike emerges from it with his humanity not just intact but enhanced.

Publisher: Wakefield Press
Reviews:Historian Debbie Terranova wrote:

A diary of this nature is an absolute treasure for historians, researchers, and readers with an interest in WWII. Sensitively translated from the original Japanese, it makes an important contribution to our understanding of war and internment. […] The translator and editors deserve high praise for transforming this important piece of WWII history into a fine English-language publication. Diagrams, cartoons, photographs of comrades and scenes within the Loveday camp add visual elements to the text.

Norrie Sanders, Queensland Reviewers Collective wrote:

Although the diary raises more questions than it answers, it opens our eyes to an obscure chapter in Australian history and reminds us that countries that wage war in foreign lands are willing to treat their own citizens as collateral damage.

Goodreads wrote:

This publication of an internee’s personal diaries will expand our understanding of the civilian internment experience in Australia during World War II, through the words of a Japanese internee who spent four years behind the barbed wire at Loveday.

Zur Spanienkriegsliteratur. Die Literatur des Dritten Reiches zum Spanischen Bürgerkrieg. Mit einer Bibliographie zur internationalen Spanienkriegsliteratur

Book Cover: Zur Spanienkriegsliteratur. Die Literatur des Dritten Reiches zum Spanischen Bürgerkrieg. Mit einer Bibliographie zur internationalen Spanienkriegsliteratur
ISBN: 3820498249
Size: 15.10 x 21.10 cm
Pages: 266

Auch 50 Jahre nach Ausbruch des Spanischen Bürgerkrieges erweist sich die Forschung zur Spanienkriegsliteratur als lückenhaft. Dieses Buch versucht, zwei Forschungslücken zu schliessen. Im I. Teil wird erstmalig die Literatur aus dem Dritten Reich zum Krieg untersucht. Der II. Teil besteht aus einer Bibliographie der internationalen Spanienkriegsliteratur, deren ca. 1300 Titel politisch-publizistische, belletristische, historisch-fachwissenschaftliche wie auch literaturwissenschaftliche Werke zum Krieg bzw. zur Kriegsliteratur umfassen.

Publisher: Peter Lang

Writing the Good Fight: Political Commitment in the International Literature of the Spanish Civil War

Book Cover: Writing the Good Fight: Political Commitment in the International Literature of the Spanish Civil War
ISBN: 031328766X
Size: 156.00 x 233.90 mm
Pages: 240

This book examines the international literature of the Spanish Civil War across the entire range of the political spectrum, from anarchism to nazism. Using this approach, it is able to highlight the extraordinary creative potential of a period in which political and aesthetic practice were almost inseparable.

It is widely recognised that there was an extraordinarily high level of political commitment in the literature of the 1930s in general, and of the Spanish Civil War in particular. Writers as well as the general public seemed to interpret the world very much in political terms, and they sought in political ideologies, such as fascism and communism, the answers to the pressing problems of the age. Writing the Good Fight examines the fiction, non-fictional prose texts, poetry, and drama of the period across the entire range of the political spectrum to assess the impact of political commitment on literature.

Publisher: Greenwood Press
Reviews:Alan Bruflat, European Studies Journal wrote:

Writing the Good Fight is a remarkable scholarly achievement that fills a void concerning an often ignored, but significant, period in literary history. The book is sure to be of use to specialists in intellectual history as well as to literary historians.

Ernst Thälmann: Mensch und Mythos

Book Cover: Ernst Thälmann: Mensch und Mythos
ISBN: 9042013230
Pages: 208

Diese Sammlung bietet eine breit angelegte Neubewertung des Lebens und der historischen Rolle von Ernst Thälmann, dem Vorsitzenden der Deutschen Kommunistischen Partei in der Zeit 1925 bis zu seiner Verhaftung von den Nazis 1933. Eine bedeutende Figur zu Lebzeiten - Thälmann war KPD-Fährer während einer schicksalsschweren Zeit in der deutschen Geschichte - Thälmanns politische Rolle war keinesfalls auf die Zeit vor seinem Mord im Jahr 1944 begrenzt. In der DDR wurde er zum unangreifbaren Märtyrer im antifaschistischen Kampf erhoben.

Die Beiträge in der ersten Hälfte des Bandes unternehmen anhand erst neulich zugänglicher Materialien aus den Archiven eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit der historischen Figur Thälmann, von seiner Jugend bis hin zu seiner Haftzeit. In der zweiten Hälfte richtet sich das Augenmerk auf die politisch motivierte Bildung und Instrumentalisierung des Thälmann-Mythos in der offiziellen Geschichtsschreibung, im Film, in Denkmälern und in der Kunst der DDR.

Der Band wird allen Wissenschaftlern, die auf den Gebieten moderne deutsche Geschichte und Geschichte der DDR arbeiten, von Interesse sein.


This collection offers a wide-ranging re-evaluation of the life and the influence of Ernst Thälmann, the leader of the German Communist Party from 1925 through to his arrest and imprisonment by the Nazis in 1933. Significant in the context of his own life-time - Thälmann was KPD leader through a fateful period of German history - Thälmann's political influence was by no means confined to the period before his murder in 1944. In the GDR he was promoted to the status of unassailable martyr to the antifascist cause.

The contributions in the first half of the volume re-examine critically and on the basis of newly accessible archival material the historical figure of Thälmann, from his early years through to the period of his incarceration. The second half of the collection then turns to the GDR's politically motivated creation and manipulation of the Thälmann myth, as it found representation in official history, in film and in art.

The volume will be of interest to scholars working in the area of modern German or East German history.

Publisher: Brill

The Spanish Civil War in Literature, Film, and Art: An International Bibliography of Secondary Literature

Book Cover: The Spanish Civil War in Literature, Film, and Art: An International Bibliography of Secondary Literature
ISBN: 0313292620
Size: 155.90 x 233.90 mm
Pages: 160

This bibliography is the first attempt to establish a comprehensive list of secondary material relating to the Spanish Civil War in literature, film, and art. It includes books, articles, and chapters in a wide range of languages, including Spanish, English, Russian, French, German, and Italian.

Monteath begins the work with an introductory essay surveying the breadth of the scholarship on the cultural manifestations of the war, which he places in its broader cultural-historical context. The bibliography is organized alphabetically within sections devoted to literature, film, and art, and a general subject index completes the work. Anyone interested in the fiction of Hemingway, the film of Ivens, the art of Picasso, and many of the key figures in Western culture of the 1930s will find this work of value.

Publisher: Greenwood Press
Reviews:Diane Carlyle and Nick Walker, The Australian wrote:

A useful library reference tool for senior students and academics alike, this indexed work – printed on acid-free paper – is divided into five sections: bibliographies, secondary literature on literature, filmographies, secondary literature on film and secondary literature on art. Included items come in a range of European languages, including English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Translation Review wrote:

This bibliography gathers together for the first time a comprehensive and international list of titles dealing with the Spanish Civil War in literature, film and art. It includes books, articles, and chapters in a wide range of languages, including Spanish, English, Russian, French, German and Italian.

Eric R. Nitschke, American Reference Books Annual wrote:

It is certainly an impressive work and will be most useful to researchers wishing to identify the literature in this specialized field.

Rewriting the German Past: History and Identity in the New Germany

Book Cover: Rewriting the German Past: History and Identity in the New Germany
ISBN: 0391040251
Size: 154.94 x 231.14 mm
Pages: 295

The fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 signalled the beginning of the end of a divided Germany. More than any other event, it also symbolised the end of the so-called postwar era. The period in which not just European but global politics had been framed by the Cold War and the East-West divide was consigned to the past, to be replaced by an era whose contours have not yet clearly formed. The essays collected here offer a sober, informed, and stimulating reassessment of Germany and its past by internationally recognised scholars working from within and outside the new Germany. They all proceed from the recognition that the perspective from which the German past is viewed has changed irrevocably. Unification meant that the German Democratic Republic became history and its history, historiography, and its collapse are re-evaluated. The essays examine the possibility of history being used, and possibly abused, in the service of the creation of a new national identity and question the legitimacy of the notion of Germany having followed a "special path" of development?one that could hardly be viewed positively in the wake of the Third Reich?but which suggested that Germany had claims to being a "normal nation." They then go on to consider some of the radical changes to the institutional circumstances within which history is practiced in the united Germany.

Publisher: Australian Humanities Press
Reviews:Andrew Bonnell, The Australian Journal of History and Politics wrote:

This volume takes as its theme ‘the implications of the dramatic events of 1989-90 for the writing of German history’. It has its origins in a conference organized by the editors in 1993, although some contributions were secured subsequently and a couple (those by Lutz Niethammer and Hermann Kurthen) have appeared in a different form elsewhere. The resulting collection is a timely publication of work by a very distinguished group of scholars from Germany, Britain, the United States and Australia.

David Lindenfeld, German Studies Review wrote:

The continuing fractures in German society make it likely that identity will remain questionable, that historiography will be laden with political agendas, and that volumes like this one will continue to appear. Let us hope that they hold to the same standards.

Modern Europe: Histories and Identities. Proceedings of the Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association of European Historians

Book Cover: Modern Europe: Histories and Identities. Proceedings of the Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association of European Historians
ISBN: 9780958596206
Pages: 391

In the wake of the break-up of the Soviet Empire in Europe’s East, and at a time of  hesitant steps toward a supranational Europe in the West, questions of identity have been raised with an urgency recalling more troubled periods of European modernity. Then, as now, it was history that provided the architects of identity with their building blocks. Will the structures built with such blocks prove any more solid in the next millennium?

This collection unites wide-ranging essays by scholars from many countries dealing with histories and identities in Europe from the French Revolution to the present. From multiple perspectives they cast light on some of European history’s enduring controversies as well as introduce some new ones.

Publisher: Australian Humanities Press

Kulturstreit – Streitkultur: German Literature since the Wall

Book Cover: Kulturstreit - Streitkultur: German Literature since the Wall
ISBN: 9789042000926
Pages: 184

Thomas ANZ: Der Streit um Christa Wolf und die Intellektuellen im vereinten Deutschland. Ernst HANNEMANN: Geschichtsschreibung nach Aktenlage? Bemerkungen anlässlich der Debatte um die Stasikontakte von Christa Wolf und Heiner Müller. Ernst KELLER: Fallen Idols - German Intellectuals and Writers Facing the Demise of the GDR. Karl-Wilhelm SCHMIDT: Literaturdebatten des westlichen Feuilletons um Heiner Müller. Vom 'IM' zum `Neuen Rechten'. Helmut KREUZER: Zur literarischen Kultur im vereinigten Deutschland: Ein Überblick. Manfred JURGENSEN: Rehearsing the End: Christa Wolf's Störfall. Nachrichten eines Tages, Sommerstück and Was bleibt - A Kind of Trilogy? Judith M. SALLIS: The Search for Permanence in a Disintegrating World: Christa Wolf's Was bleibt. Alison LEWIS: The 'Phantom-Pain' of Germany: Mourning and Fetishism in Martin Walser's Die Verteidigung einer Kindheit. Peter HANENBERG: Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Ein Versuch über Aporien, Fehler und Krisen. Dieter WELZ: On Reconnaissance in the Former GDR. Interventionist Strategies of the Narrative in Gabriele Göttle's Deutsche Sitten: Erkundungen in Ost und West. John MILFULL: What's Left? The German Application of an English Pun.

Publisher: Brill
Reviews:Reinhard K. Zachau, German Studies Review wrote:

Insbesondere in Kellers und Lewis’ distanzierenden Beiträgen wird ein neuer Ansatz zur Beschäftigung mit der DDR-Literatur erkennbar, der über die anfängliche Identifikation mit Wolf und Müller und die reflexhafte Betroffenheitshaltung vieler Germanisten der frühen neunziger Jahre hinausgeht. Der vorliegende Sammelband gibt ein gutes Bild dieser Veränderungen.

Carl Niekerk, Seminar wrote:

This collection does offer valuable analyses for a better understanding of the German aesthetic-political landscape in the early nineties.

Dear Dr Janzow : Australia’s Lutheran churches and refugees from Hitler’s Germany

Book Cover: Dear Dr Janzow : Australia's Lutheran churches and refugees from Hitler's Germany
ISBN: 0975831305
Size: 16.00 x 25.00 cm
Pages: 116

On 18 November 1938 a short but extraordinary report appeared in the Times of London. It claimed that a certain Dr Janzow, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Australia, was offering a haven in Australia to refugees from Hitler’s Germany. Appearing as it did just days after the notorious Night of Broken Glass, the offer appeared to throw a timely, yet almost incredible, lifeline to Europe’s despairing Jews and others.

This book is about those who schemed to rescue refugees from Hitler, and those who wrote in desperate hope to Dr Janzow. It reproduces many of the letters, extraordinarily moving documents of those bleak times, and it goes in search of the fate of those who wrote them.

Publisher: Australian Humanities Press
Reviews:Volker Stolle, Lutherische Theologie und Kirche wrote:

Die Arbeit bietet eine wichtige Horizonterweiterung in der Beschäftigung mit der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus.

Lyall Kupke, The Lutheran wrote:

As we reflect on the deeds of our Lutheran ancestors, it gives us reason to examine our own response to the many refugees who have fled for their lives and sought freedom in our land.

Christoph Barnbrock, Concordia Journal wrote:

This study collects many parts of a puzzle, including biographical details of single persons as parts of political information, and puts them together in one picture. Of course, this effort has to be incomplete. But the special value of this study is not only that it remembers the victims of the racial policy but also that the proceedings are shown from an Australian point of view. Bu that Lutheran churches from abroad are focused, and it becomes clear that they have been not only spectators but they have been affected themselves. Monteath has been working carefully and gives sensible judgment.

Battle on 42nd Street: War in Crete and the Anzacs’ bloody last stand

Book Cover: Battle on 42nd Street: War in Crete and the Anzacs' bloody last stand
ISBN: 9781742236032
Size: 153.00 x 234.00 mm
Pages: 272

At what point does the will to survive on the battlefield give way to bloodlust?

The Battle for Crete was at once the most modern and the most ancient of wars. For a week Australians and New Zealand forces were relentlessly hammered from the skies by the Luftwaffe and pursued across Crete by some of the most accomplished and best equipped forces Hitler could muster.

On the morning of 27 May 1941, however, all that was about to change. When a unit of German mountain troops approached the Allies’ defensive line – known as 42nd Street – men from the Australian 2/7th and 2/8th Battalions and New Zealanders from several battalions counter-attacked with fixed bayonets. By the end, German bodies were strewn across the battlefield.

Acclaimed historian Peter Monteath draws on recollections and records of Australian, New Zealand, British and German soldiers and local Cretans to reveal the truth behind one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War.

Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Reviews:Joan Beaumont wrote:

This is military history at its best: deeply researched, powerfully told and proving that the essence of war is men killing other men.

Jeff Popple, Canberra Weekly wrote:

Professor Peter Monteath’s examination of the ANZAC involvement in the battle for Crete during the early years of World War II is one of the most readable accounts of war I have encountered in a long time. In clear prose, he tracks the retreat of the ANZACs through Greece and onto the island of Crete where they eventually faced a superior invading force of German airborne troops. The central focus of Monteath’s book is the fearsome bayonet charges which occurred during the fighting and the allegations that the ANZACs acted outside the rules of war; claims which he examines in a fair and convincing way. A terrific piece of historical writing.

Hamish McDonald, The Saturday Paper wrote:

World War II continues to be mined for popular histories extolling Digger courage and endurance. At first glance Peter Monteath’s Battle on 42nd Street looks like such a book – but it is in fact a deeper, compelling narrative by an academic historian.