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Shattered Past : Reconstructing German Histories - Konrad H. Jarausch

Shattered Past

Reconstructing German Histories

Paperback Published: 24th November 2002
ISBN: 9780691059365
Number Of Pages: 400

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Broken glass, twisted beams, piles of debris--these are the early memories of the children who grew up amidst the ruins of the Third Reich. More than five decades later, German youth inhabit manicured suburbs and stroll along prosperous pedestrian malls. "Shattered Past" is a bold reconsideration of the perplexing pattern of Germany's twentieth-century history. Konrad Jarausch and Michael Geyer explore the staggering gap between the country's role in the terrors of war and its subsequent success as a democracy. They argue that the collapse of Communism, national reunification, and the postmodern shift call for a new reading of the country's turbulent development, one that no longer suggests continuity but rupture and conflict.

Comprising original essays, the book begins by reexamining the nationalist, socialist, and liberal master narratives that have dominated the presentation of German history but are now losing their hold. Treated next are major issues of recent debate that suggest how new kinds of German history might be written: annihilationist warfare, complicity with dictatorship, the taming of power, the impact of migration, the struggle over national identity, redefinitions of womanhood, and the development of consumption as well as popular culture. The concluding chapters reflect on the country's gradual transition from chaos to civility. This penetrating study will spark a fresh debate about the meaning of the German past during the last century.

There is no single master narrative, no Weltgeist, to be discovered. But there is a fascinating story to be told in many different ways.

Industry Reviews

"An excellent introduction to newly emerging views on the study of contemporary German history."--Cecil Trice, History: Reviews of New Books "A compelling, challenging analysis."--Choice "Shattered Past is the most important book in German history to appear in recent years... [It] will surely provoke discussion and debate for many years to come."--Eric D. Weitz, Slavic Review

Prefacep. ii
Intorduction: Twentieth-Century Germany: Rethinking a Shattered Pastp. 1
The Eclipse of the Master Narratives
A Return to National History? The Master Narrative and Beyondp. 37
The Collapse of the Counternarrative: Coping with the Remains of Socialismp. 61
Modernization, German Exceptionalism, and Post-Modernity: Transcending the Critical History of Societyp. 85
Reconstituting German Histories
War, Genocide, Extermination: The War against the Jews in an Era of World Warsp. 111
The Totalitarian Temptation: Ordinary Germans, Dictatorship, and Democracyp. 149
From Empire to Europe: The Taming of German Powerp. 173
Unsettling German Society: Mobility and Migrationp. 197
A Struggle for Unity: Redefining National Identitiesp. 221
Defining Womanhood: The Politics of the Privatep. 245
In Pursuit of Happiness: Consumption, Mass Culture, and Consumerismp. 269
Looking Back at the Twentieth Century
Survival in Catastrophe: Mending Broken Memoriesp. 317
The Century as History: Between Cataclysm and Civilityp. 342
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9780691059365
ISBN-10: 0691059365
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 24th November 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57