Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403964564
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/11/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Paul Friedman is Assistant Professor at Florida State University, Tallahassee. Padraic Kenney is Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Table of Contents

History in Politics--Padraic Kenney and Max Paul Friedman
• 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
• Histories and "Lessons" of the Vietnam War--Patrick Hagopian

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