The Unmasterable Past: History, Holocaust, and German National Identity

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Harvard University Press, Jun 1, 2009 - History - 256 pages
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Bringing his book up to date with reflections since its first publication a decade ago, Charles Maier writes that the historians' controversy gave Germany a chance to air the issues immediately before unification and, in effect, the controversy substituted for the constitutional debate that a united Germany never got around to holding. The premises of national community, whether formulated in terms of legal culture, inherited collective responsibilities, or patriotic habits of the heart, had already been subjects for vigorous discussion.
  

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Contents

The Stakes of the Controversy
9
Habermas among the Historians
34
A Holocaust like the Others? Problems of Comparative History
66
German History as Case History
100
A Usable Past? Museums Memory and Identity
121
Whose Holocaust? Whose History?
160
Notes
175
Index
219
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About the author (2009)

Charles S. Maier is the Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University, and the author of Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany.

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