Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics

Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics

by Padraic Kenney
     
 

This collection provides an introduction to the multiple uses of history in contemporary political debate and conflict, for introductory and advanced courses in comparative politics and contemporary world history. As communities reimagine themselves, a contest over defining legitimacy, identifying us and others, and jockeying for political control intersects with

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This collection provides an introduction to the multiple uses of history in contemporary political debate and conflict, for introductory and advanced courses in comparative politics and contemporary world history. As communities reimagine themselves, a contest over defining legitimacy, identifying us and others, and jockeying for political control intersects with fights over history and memory. Here distinguished scholars examine how competing versions of national identity are legitimized through appeals to carefully constructed "pasts" both in democracies and in repressive regimes. The essays focus on the cases of Armenia, Chile, Spain, Germany, India and Pakistan, Israel and Palestine, Japan, Nigeria, and the United States to draw broader conclusions about the worldwide effect of traumatic memory, questions of punishment and restitution, and the instrumentalization of the past for political purposes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403964564
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
06/11/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

History in Politics--Padraic Kenney and Max Paul Friedman
I NEW REGIMES
• The Past in the Politics of Divided and Unified Germany--Andrew H. Beattie
• Apologizing for the Past Between Japan and Korea--Alexis Dudden
• Breaking the Silence in Post-Authoritarian Chile--Katherine Hite
• Political Uses of the Recent Past in the Spanish Post-authoritarian Democracy--Carsten Humlebæk * II NEW NATIONS
• Constructing Primordialism: Old Histories for New Nations (Kazakhstan and Armenia)--Ronald Grigor Suny
• Knowledge For Politics: Partisan Histories and Communal Mobilization in India and Pakistan--Subho Basu and Suranjan Das
• Historiophobia or the Enslavement of History: The Role of the 1948 Ethnic Cleansing in the Contemporary Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process--Ilan Pappe
• Nigeria: The Past in the Present--Toyin Falola
III NEW LESSONS
• Histories and "Lessons" of the Vietnam War--Patrick Hagopian

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