Memory power post war europe: studies in the presence of the by Jan-Werner Müller

By Jan-Werner Müller

How has reminiscence – collective and person - prompted ecu politics after the second one international struggle and after 1989 particularly? How has the earlier been utilized in household struggles for energy, and the way have ''historical lessons'' been utilized in international policy?While there's now a burgeoning box of social and cultural reminiscence reports, in most cases concerned about commemorations and monuments, this quantity is the 1st to check the relationship among reminiscence and politics without delay. It investigates how reminiscence is formally recast, for my part transformed and sometimes violently reinstilled after wars, and certainly, the ways that reminiscence shapes current strength constellations. The chapters mix theoretical innovation of their method of the learn of reminiscence with deeply historic, empirically dependent case stories of significant eu international locations. the purpose of stressing reminiscence isn't really to disclaim that pursuits form coverage, yet, with Max Weber, to examine the traditionally and ideologically conditioned formation and legitimation of those pursuits. the amount concludes with reflections at the ethics of reminiscence, and the politics of fact, justice and forgetting after 1945 and 1989. This ground-breaking e-book may be of interst to historians of latest Europe, political scientists, sociologists and somebody drawn to how the political makes use of of the previous have formed – and proceed to form – the Europe during which we are living now.

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From a legal perspective, Monroe Price analyses a benign manipulation of the media in Bosnia to calm down inflamed nationalist passions – and as a reaction to the previous abuse of the ‘means of mnemonic production’. He also sheds light on the multiple connections between law, legitimacy and memory more generally. Daniel 125 126 127 128 Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (New York: Knopf, 1980). Anne Sa’adah, Germany’s Second Chance: Trust, Justice and Democratisation (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998), 2.

Young, At Memory’s Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000) for the notion of an anti-redemptory age. It is plausible to argue, as Olick has, that the memory of the Holocaust and the standards of justice established at the Nuremberg trials is also the centre of this ‘politics of regret’. See also Elazar Barkan, The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices (New York: Norton, 2000), especially 308–49, and Erna Paris, Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History (London: Bloomsbury, 2001).

See also W. James Booth, ‘Communities of Memory: On Identity, Memory, and Debt’, American Political Science Review, 93 (1999), 249–63. See also Margalit, Ethik der Erinnerung. For a useful systematic, though inconclusive, treatment, see Jon Elster, ‘Coming to terms with the past. A framework for the study of justice in the transition to democracy’, Archives Europ´eennes de Sociologie, 1 (1998), 7–48. ), Human Rights in Political Transitions: Gettysburg to Bosnia (New York: Zone Books, 1999), and Ruti G.

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