Memory, History, and Opposition under State Socialism

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Eight anthropologists, sociologists, and historians probe the oppositional narratives created by Chinese rural intellectuals, ÈmigrÈ Croatians, and organized dissenters such as the Djilas of Yugoslavia who constructed and maintained oppositional histories in state socialist societies. Even as the creators of official history jealously guarded the right to produce historical texts, alternative histories survived and on occasion even prospered in Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and China. Contestation over how the past was to be represented was never fully eradicated.
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The subtle and overt ways in which ordinary people subverted the state through private memories and alternative histories provide the focus for this collection of essays, ably introduced and edited by Rubie Watson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933452879
  • Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Series: Advanced Seminar Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Memory, History, and Opposition under State Socialism: An Introduction 1
2 Remembering an "Enemy": The Bogd Khaan in Twentieth-Century Mongolia 21
3 Strangers No More: Personal Memory in the Interstices of Public Commemoration 45
4 Making Secret Histories: Memory and Mourning in Post-Mao China 65
5 From Memory to History: The Events of November 17 Dis/membered 87
6 Mulian Saves His Mother in 1989 105
7 Memories of Revolution and Collectivization in China: The Unauthorized Reminiscences of a Rural Intellectual 127
8 Old Ghosts and New Chains: Ethnicity and Memory in the Georgian Republic 149
9 Recounting the Dead: The Rediscovery and Redefinition of Wartime Massacres in Late- and Post-Communist Yugoslavia 167
References 185
Index 203
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