Power and the Past: Collective Memory and International Relations

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Only recently have international relations scholars started to seriously examine the influence of collective memory on foreign policy formation and relations between states and peoples. The ways in which the memories of past events are interpreted, misinterpreted, or even manipulated in public discourse create the context that shapes international relations.

Power and the Past brings together leading history and international relations scholars to provide a groundbreaking examination of the impact of collective memory. This timely study makes a contribution to developing a theory of memory and international relations and also examines specific cases of collective memory's influence resulting from the legacies of World War II, the Holocaust, and September 11. Addressing concerns shared by world leaders and international institutions as well as scholars of international studies, this volume illustrates clearly how the memory of past events alters the ways countries interact in the present, how memory shapes public debate and policymaking, and how memory may aid or more frequently impede conflict resolution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589016408
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 1/29/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Langenbacher is a visiting assistant professor and director of the honors program in the Department of Government at Georgetown University.

Yossi Shain is Romulo Betancourt Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University and professor of comparative government and diaspora politics in the Department of Government at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Twenty-first-Century Memories Eric Langenbacher and Yossi Shain

1. Collective Memory as a Factor in Political Culture and International Relations Eric Langenbacher

2. Germany's National Identity, Collective Memory, and Role Abroad Bettina Warburg

3. Collective Memory and German-Polish Relations Eric Langenbacher

4. Building Up a Memory: Austria, Switzerland, and Europe Face the Holocaust Avi Beker

5. Memory, Tradition, and Revival: Who, Then, Speaks for the Jews? Ori Z. Soltes

6. September 11 in the Rearview Mirror: Contemporary Policies and Perceptions of the Past Omer Bartov7. The Eventful Dates 12/12 and 9/11: Tales of Power and Tales of Experience in Contemporary History Michael Kazin8. The Use and Abuse of History in Berlin and Washington Since 9/11: A Plea for a New Era of Candor Jeffrey Herf9. Of Shrines and Hooligans: The Structure of the History Problem in East Asia after 9/11 Thomas U. Berger10. Popular Culture and Collective Memory: Remembering and Forgetting in Chinese -- U.S. Relations after 9/11 Gerrit W. GongConclusion: Collective Memory and the Logic of Appropriate Behavior Yossi ShainContributors


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