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Greedy elites and poor lambs: How young Europeans remember the great war

Abstract : The present study examines current social representations associated with the origins of the Great War, a major event that has profoundly affected Europe. A survey conducted in 20 European countries (N = 1906 students in social sciences) shows a high consensus: The outbreak of the war is attributed to the warring nations' leaders while the responsibility of the populations is minimized. Building on the concept of social representation of history (Liu & Hilton, 2005), we suggest that the social representations of the Great War fulfill social psychological functions in contemporary Europe. We suggest that WWI may function as a charter for European integration. Their content also suggests a desire to distinguish a positively valued ingroup ("the people") from powerful elites, construed as an outgroup.
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Pierre Bouchat, Laurent Licata, Valérie Rosoux, Christian Allesch, Heinrich Ammerer, et al.. Greedy elites and poor lambs: How young Europeans remember the great war. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 2019, 7 (1), pp.52-75. ⟨10.5964/jspp.v7i1.781⟩. ⟨halshs-02012276⟩



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