Tailoring truth : politicizing the past and negotiating memory in East Germany, 1945-1990 / Jon Berndt Olsen.

By: Olsen, Jon BerndtMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksStudies in contemporary European history: 15.Publisher: New York : Berghahn, ©2015Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 262 pages) : illustrations, mapContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 1322950784; 9781322950785; 9781782385721; 178238572X; 9781782385714; 1782385711Subject(s): Collective memory -- Political aspects -- Germany (East) -- History | Memorialization -- Political aspects -- Germany (East) -- History | Historiography -- Political aspects -- Germany (East) -- History | Historical museums -- Political aspects -- Germany (East) -- History | Political culture -- Germany (East) -- History | Social control -- Germany (East) -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic book.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Tailoring truth : politicizing the past and negotiating memory in East Germany, 1945-1990.DDC classification: 907.2/0431 LOC classification: DD286.2 | .O57 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Mobilizing memory in the Soviet occupation zone -- The politics of state memory -- Emotional bonds -- Broadening the historical roots of the state narrative -- The erosion of state memory culture in the GDR.
Scope and content: "By looking at state-sponsored memory projects, such as memorials, commemorations, and historical museums, this book reveals that the East German communist regime obsessively monitored and attempted to control public representations of the past to legitimize its rule. It demonstrates that the regime's approach to memory politics was not stagnant, but rather evolved over time to meet different demands and potential threats to its legitimacy. Ultimately the party found it increasingly difficult to control the public portrayal of the past, and some dissidents were able to turn the party's memory politics against the state to challenge its claims of moral authority"--Provided by publisher.
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Mobilizing memory in the Soviet occupation zone -- The politics of state memory -- Emotional bonds -- Broadening the historical roots of the state narrative -- The erosion of state memory culture in the GDR.

"By looking at state-sponsored memory projects, such as memorials, commemorations, and historical museums, this book reveals that the East German communist regime obsessively monitored and attempted to control public representations of the past to legitimize its rule. It demonstrates that the regime's approach to memory politics was not stagnant, but rather evolved over time to meet different demands and potential threats to its legitimacy. Ultimately the party found it increasingly difficult to control the public portrayal of the past, and some dissidents were able to turn the party's memory politics against the state to challenge its claims of moral authority"--Provided by publisher.

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