Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics

Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics

by P. Kenney
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1403964564

ISBN-13: 9781403964564

Pub. Date: 06/15/2005

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

Partisan Histories is an introduction to the multiple uses of history in contemporary political debate and conflict. 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

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Partisan Histories is an introduction to the multiple uses of history in contemporary political debate and conflict. 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, France, 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.

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ISBN-13:
9781403964564
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

History in Politics; P.Kenney & M.P.Friedman PART I: NEW REGIMES The Past in the Politics of Divided and Unified Germany; A.H.Beattie Apologizing for the Past Between Japan and Korea; A.Dudden Breaking the Silence in Post-Authoritarian Chile; K.Hite Political Uses of the Recent Past in the Spanish Post-authoritarian Democracy; C.Humlebæk PART II: NEW NATIONS Constructing Primordialism: Old Histories for New Nations (Kazakhstan and Armenia); R.Grigor Suny Knowledge For Politics: Partisan Histories and Communal Mobilization in India and Pakistan; S.Das & S.Basu Historiophobia or the Enslavement of History: The Role of the 1948 Ethnic Cleansing in the Contemporary Peace Process; I.Pappe Nigeria: The Past in the Present; T.Falola PART III: NEW LESSONS Histories and 'Lessons' of the Vietnam War; P.Hagopian

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