Dynamics of memory and identity in contemporary Europe / [edited by] Eric Langenbacher, Bill Niven, and Ruth Wittlinger.

Contributor(s): Langenbacher, Eric [author,, editor.] | Niven, William John, 1956- [author,, editor.] | Wittlinger, Ruth, 1961- [author,, editor.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2012Description: 1 online resource (242 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780857455819; 0857455818; 1299777333; 9781299777330Subject(s): Collective memory -- Europe | Group identity -- EuropeGenre/Form: Electronic book.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Dynamics of memory and identity in contemporary Europe.DDC classification: 940.01 LOC classification: D1055 | .D95 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction / Eric Langenbacher, Bill Niven, and Ruth Wittlinger -- Dynamics of generational memory : understanding the east-west divide / Harald Wydra -- Time-out for national heroes? : gender as an analytical category in the study of memory cultures / Helle Bjerg and Claudia Lenz -- The memory-market dictum : gauging the inherent bias in different data sources common in collective memory studies / Mark A. Wolfgram -- Remembering WWII in Europe : structures of remembrance / Christian Gudehus -- Ach(tung) Europa : German writers and the establishment of a collective memory of Europe / Hans-Joachim Hahn -- Critiquing the stranger, inventing Europe : integration and the fascist legacy / Mark Wagstaff -- The thread that binds together : Lidice, Oradour, Putten, and the memory of World War II / Madelon de Keizer -- Memory of World War II in France : national and transnational dynamics / Henning Meyer -- The field of the blackbirds and the battle for Europe / Anna Di Lellio -- Transformation of memory in Croatia : removing Yugoslav anti-fascism / Ljiljana Radonic -- German victimhood discourse in comparative perspective / Bill Niven -- Shaking off the past? : the new Germany in the new Europe / Ruth Wittlinger -- Conclusion : a plea for an 'intergovernmental' European memory / Eric Langenbacher.
Summary: "The collapse of the Iron Curtain, the renationalization of eastern Europe, and the simultaneous eastward expansion of the European Union have all impacted the way the past is remembered in today's eastern Europe. At the same time, in recent years, the Europeanization of Holocaust memory and a growing sense of the need to stage a more 'self-critical' memory has significantly changed the way in which western Europe commemorates and memorializes the past. The increasing dissatisfaction among scholars with the blanket, undifferentiated use of the term 'collective memory' is evolving in new directions. This volume brings the tension into focus while addressing the state of memory theory itself"--Provided by publisher.
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Introduction / Eric Langenbacher, Bill Niven, and Ruth Wittlinger -- Dynamics of generational memory : understanding the east-west divide / Harald Wydra -- Time-out for national heroes? : gender as an analytical category in the study of memory cultures / Helle Bjerg and Claudia Lenz -- The memory-market dictum : gauging the inherent bias in different data sources common in collective memory studies / Mark A. Wolfgram -- Remembering WWII in Europe : structures of remembrance / Christian Gudehus -- Ach(tung) Europa : German writers and the establishment of a collective memory of Europe / Hans-Joachim Hahn -- Critiquing the stranger, inventing Europe : integration and the fascist legacy / Mark Wagstaff -- The thread that binds together : Lidice, Oradour, Putten, and the memory of World War II / Madelon de Keizer -- Memory of World War II in France : national and transnational dynamics / Henning Meyer -- The field of the blackbirds and the battle for Europe / Anna Di Lellio -- Transformation of memory in Croatia : removing Yugoslav anti-fascism / Ljiljana Radonic -- German victimhood discourse in comparative perspective / Bill Niven -- Shaking off the past? : the new Germany in the new Europe / Ruth Wittlinger -- Conclusion : a plea for an 'intergovernmental' European memory / Eric Langenbacher.

"The collapse of the Iron Curtain, the renationalization of eastern Europe, and the simultaneous eastward expansion of the European Union have all impacted the way the past is remembered in today's eastern Europe. At the same time, in recent years, the Europeanization of Holocaust memory and a growing sense of the need to stage a more 'self-critical' memory has significantly changed the way in which western Europe commemorates and memorializes the past. The increasing dissatisfaction among scholars with the blanket, undifferentiated use of the term 'collective memory' is evolving in new directions. This volume brings the tension into focus while addressing the state of memory theory itself"--Provided by publisher.

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This edited volume, originating from a 2007 conference held at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars with shared interests in the collective memory of contemporary Europe. Arguing that Europe is currently at a crossroads in regard to not only politics and economics but culture as well, the editors assert that a new European identity will need to be "imagined" in order to meet the challenges ahead. The volume opens with four conceptual chapters that consider the influences of generational cohorts, gender, and competing data sources in the construction of collective memory. Following this section are two essays dedicated to historical examinations of the idea of Europe as it evolved in the 20th century. The remainder of the collection offers several case studies on memory in specific national contexts, most notably Germany, France, and the former Yugoslavia. While some contributions are comparative in nature, only a few offer a truly transnational study of European memory culture. Particularly valuable, however, is the extensive bibliography at the end of the volume that will aid those seeking further sources in the young and dynamic field of memory studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. M. Puaca Christopher Newport University

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Eric Langenbacher is a Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Honors and Special Programs in the Department of Government, Georgetown University. He is editor of Between Left and Right: The 2009 Bundestag Election and the Transformation of the German Party System (Berghahn, 2010).

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