Civil society and memory in postwar Germany / Jenny Wüstenberg (York University, Toronto).
- Wüstenberg, Jenny
- Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
- Physical Description:
- xix, 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Civil society activism, memory politics and democracy -- Memorial politics and civil society since 1945 -- Building negative memory: civic initiatives for memorias to Nazi terror -- Dig where you stand: the History Movement and grassroots memorialization -- Memorial aesthetics and the memory movements of the 1980s -- A part of history that continues to smolder: remembering East Germany from below -- Hybrid memorial institutions and democratic memory.
- Blending history and social science, this book tracks the role of social movements in shaping German public memory and values since 1945. Drawn from extensive original research, it offers a fresh perspective on the evolution of German democracy through civic confrontation with the violence of its past. Told through the stories of memory activists, the study upends some of the conventional wisdom about modern German political history. An analysis of the decades-long struggle over memory and democracy shows how grassroots actors challenged and then took over public institutions of memorialization. In the process, confrontation of the Holocaust has been pushed to the centre of political culture. In unified Germany, memory politics have shifted again, as activists from East Germany have brought attention to the crimes of the East German state. This book delivers a novel and important contribution to scholarship about postwar Germany and the wider study of memory politics.
- 1107177464 (hardback) and 9781107177468 (hardback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-325) and index.
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