What is it about?

Science fiction - ‘future history’ - is less fettered than most literary genres in exploring alternative outcomes for important historical events, and in exploring the less predictable implications of those events.

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Why is it important?

Of all the possible ‘alternative history’ subjects available to sci-fi writers, World War II has proved to be remarkably popular. Nazism continues to haunt European and American imaginations: it is a subject on which literary creativity and speculative scholarship have begun to intersect, asking fundamental and awkward questions about Allied opposition to Nazism, the content of victory and the nature of defeat.


When writers create Nazi dystopias, what are they telling us about our world, about the post-era, about the cold war, about what lurks within our current social and political arrangements?

Prof Carl Tighe

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This page is a summary of: Pax Germanica - the future historical, Journal of European Studies, September 2000, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/004724410003011903.
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