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The sins of the fathers : Germany, memory, method / Jeffrey K. Olick.

Author:
Olick, Jeffrey K., 1964- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
Description:
x, 517 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series:
Chicago studies in practices of meaning. [More in this series]
Summary note:
National identity and political legitimacy always involve a delicate balance between remembering and forgetting. All nations have elements in their past that they would prefer to pass over the catalog of failures, injustices, and horrors committed in the name of nations, if fully acknowledged, could create significant problems for a country trying to move on and take action in the present. Yet denial and forgetting carry costs as well. Nowhere has this precarious balance been more potent, or important, than in the Federal Republic of Germany, where the devastation and atrocities of two world wars have weighed heavily in virtually every moment and aspect of political life. The Sins of the Fathers confronts that difficulty head-on, exploring the variety of ways that Germany's leaders since 1949 have attempted to meet this challenge, with a particular focus on how those approaches have changed over time. Jeffrey K. Olick asserts that other nations are looking to Germany as an example of how a society can confront a dark past casting Germany as our model of difficult collective memory.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 471-495) and index.
Contents:
Introduction. Placing memory in Germany -- The sociology of collective memory -- Prologues: the origins of West German memory -- The reliable nation. Bonn is not Weimar -- Expiation and explanation -- Germany in the West -- The return of the repressed -- The reliable nation -- The moral nation. Seeds of change -- The grand coalition and the wider world -- Social-liberal guilt -- The moral nation -- The normal nation. West Germany's normal problems -- The new conservatism -- The politics of history -- Beyond Bitburg -- The normal nation.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
History.
ISBN:
  • 9780226386492 ((cloth ; : alk. paper))
  • 022638649X ((cloth ; : alk. paper))
  • ((e-book))
LCCN:
2016032598
OCLC:
944087551
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