Conrad, Sebastian.

The quest for the lost nation : writing history in Germany and Japan in the American century / Sebastian Conrad ; translated by Alan Nothnagle. - Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010. - 1 online resource (392 p.) - JSTOR eBooks The California world history library ; 12 . - California world history library ; 12. .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Cover; Contents; Introduction; 1. Mapping Postwar Historiography in Germany and Japan; 2. The Origin of the Nation: Bismarck, Meiji Ishin, and the Subject of History; 3. The Nation as Victim: Writing the History of National Socialism and Japanese Fascism; 4. The Invention of Contemporary History; 5. The Temporalization of Space: Germany and Japan between East and West; 6. History and Memory: Germany and Japan, 1945-2000; Notes; Bibliography; Acknowledgments; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z.

Highly praised when published in Germany, The Quest for the Lost Nation is a brilliant chronicle of Germany's and Japan's struggles to reclaim a defeated national past. Sebastian Conrad compares the ways German and Japanese scholars revised national history after World War II in the shadows of fascism, surrender, and American occupation. Defeat in 1945 marked the death of the national past in both countries, yet, as Conrad proves, historians did not abandon national perspectives during reconstruction. Quite the opposite--the nation remained hidden at the center of texts as scholars tried to mak.

9780520945814 (electronic bk.) 0520945816 (electronic bk.)

22573/cttt5rqm JSTOR


Historiography--History--Germany--20th century.
Historiography--History--Japan--20th century.
World War, 1939-1945--Influence.
World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects--Germany.
World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects--Japan.
Cold War--Social aspects--Germany.
Cold War--Social aspects--Japan.


Germany--Historiography.
Japan--Historiography.

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