9780807847015

Germany's Transient Pasts

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807847015

  • ISBN10:

    0807847011

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

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Summary

Over the course of the twentieth century, Germans have venerated and maintained a variety of historical buildings--from medieval fortresses and cathedrals to urban districts and nineteenth-century working-class housing. But the practice of historic preservation has sometimes proven controversial, as different groups of Germans have sought to use historical architecture to represent competing versions of their nation's history. Transient Pastsis the first book to examine the role that the historic preservation movement has played in German cultural history and memory from the end of the nineteenth century to the early 1970s. Focusing on key public debates over historic preservation, Rudy Koshar charts a trajectory of cultural politics in which historical architecture both facilitated and limited Germans' efforts to identify as a nation. He demonstrates that historical buildings and monuments have served as enduring symbols of national history in a country scarred by the traumas of two world wars, Nazism, the Holocaust, and political division. His findings challenge both the widely accepted argument that Germans have constantly repressed their past and the contention that Germany's intense public engagement with history since reunification is unprecedented.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
INTRODUCTION 1(16)
ONE DOCUMENTS OF STONE
17(58)
Toward a National Optics
18(11)
Preservation and National Life
29(6)
Micropolitics
35(9)
Scrutiny, License, and Control
44(15)
Multiplication and Appropriation
59(16)
TWO CITY OF THE UNBORN
75(32)
Rules and Transgressions
76(3)
Artifacts and War Machines
79(8)
Toward Laudomania?
87(12)
The Being and Force of Everyday Life
99(8)
THREE MODERNIST CRUCIBLE
107(44)
Mixed Blessings
108(8)
The Vulnerable Nation
116(12)
Only to Be Sincere
128(23)
FOUR WHERE GERMAN HEARTS ARE MOLDED
151(48)
The Culture of Leistung
152(14)
Performance-Oriented Preservation
166(4)
Privileged Marginality
170(10)
Cultural Revolution?
180(8)
Sodom and Gomorrah
188(11)
FIVE COMMEMORATIVE NOISE
199(46)
Murky Transitions
200(9)
Archipelagoes of Memory
209(9)
Fragments of a Nation
218(9)
Desire and Doubt
227(18)
SIX A NORMAL MEMORY
245(44)
The New Past
246(7)
Revived Institutions
253(5)
A Nation Like Any Other
258(15)
The New Past and the Old
273(16)
SEVEN THE NEW CULT OF MONUMENTS
289(40)
The New Society
290(8)
Demand for Totality?
298(8)
A Transformed Nation
306(8)
Every Text, Grand or Humble
314(9)
A Future for the Past
323(6)
CONCLUSION WRAPPED REICHSTAG 329
Notes 341(36)
Bibliography 377(32)
Index 409

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