Chapter

The Nation as Victim

Sebastian Conrad

in The Quest for the Lost Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780520259447
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520259447.003.0004
The Nation as Victim

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The concept of repression refers not so much to general neglect as to a selective approach toward appropriating the recent past. This notion of repression of the “second guilt” has been a powerful paradigm for critically examining postwar society. At the same time, it has led historians to stress “deficits” and “lacks” and to ignore what was actually said and discussed. German and Japanese historians were very much engaged with the recent past, their chief concern being the rehabilitation of their own nation.

Keywords: repression; second guilt; socialism; rehabilitation

Chapter.  19838 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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