Rewriting the German Past: History and Identity in the New Germany

Reinhard Alter (Editor), Peter Monteath

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The essays collected here offer a sober, informed, and stimulating reassessment of Germany and its past by internationally recognized scholars working from within and outside the new Germany.
They all proceed from the recognition that the perspective from which the German past is viewed has changed irrevocably. Unification meant that the German Democratic Republic became history and its history, historiography and its collapse are re-evaluated. The essays examine the possibility of history being used, and possibly abused, in the service of the creation of a new national identity and question the legitimacy of the notion of Germany having followed a "special path" of development - one that could hardly be viewed positively in the wake of the Third Reich - but which suggested that Germany had claims to being a "normal nation." They then go on to consider some of the radical changes to the institutional circumstances within which history is practiced in the united Germany.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew Jersey
PublisherHumanities Press
Number of pages295
ISBN (Print)039104026X, 0391040251
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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