A “usable” past at last? The politics of the past in united Germany

Wittlinger, Ruth and Boothroyd, Steffii (2010) A “usable” past at last? The politics of the past in united Germany. German Studies Review, 33 (3). pp. 489-502. ISSN 0149-7952

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Abstract

The two decades since unification have witnessed considerable changes in German collective memory. Whereas views about the place that the Nazi past should occupy in Germany’s historical consciousness were still very polarized a few years before the fall of the Wall, developments since unification have resulted in a past that is much more accommodating and allows an easier identification with the German nation. A more institutionalized and internationalized approach to the Nazi past, which incorporates the memory of German suffering, is increasingly complemented by a focus on positive aspects of German history, like the successes of the Bonn Republic, the peaceful East German revolution of 1989, and unification in 1990.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L200 Politics
R200 German studies
V200 History by area
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2012 10:12
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:10
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7936

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