Rudy Koshar

in From Monuments to Traces

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9780520217683
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922525 | DOI:

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This book has emphasized that the memory landscape symbolized and shaped German perceptions about the past and the nation, and that the continuity of the memory landscape depended on the evolution of its forms. Monuments, ruins, reconstructions, and traces are used in contesting strategies to build an enduring national tradition. The book has focused on a continuity based on recurring forms of collective memory manipulated by the Nazis, but which was also contributed to a deeper cultural and political tradition.

Keywords: memory landscape; monuments; ruins; reconstructions; traces; collective memory; Nazis

Chapter.  6511 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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