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From the Publisher"This is a path-breaking work. It moves the discussion of traumatic memory away from a concentration on paralysis and towards political action. It offers a theoretically sophisticated and powerful reading of the repercussions of traumatic events, as fields of force in which memories of catastrophe are rewritten as forms of resistance. Narratives which encircle terrible events like wars and terrorism can and do challenge political and social conventions in such a way as to create a space in which political commitments can be renegotiated and reconstructed. Essential reading for all students of history and memory." Jay Winter, Yale University
"Are you critical of established images of sovereignty but uncertain how they become reproduced so effectively? Then this is the book for you. Jenny Edkins is compelling as she explores intricate dissonances and intersections between linear time, trauma time, memorials, sovereignty, the nation and resistance to the nation. This is an admirable book that will repay close attention." William E. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University, author, Neuropolitics: Thinking, Culture, Speed
"Edkins has written a provocative book on how traumatic memory is mobilized through various strategies of recall, particularly memorial emplacement in national narratives of heroism, sacrifice, and redemption." - Edward T. Linenthal, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
"...This book should be placed alongside several other books in recent years for documenting the growing importance of traumatic memories for shaping modern consciousness. The strength of the book lies in the descriptive details of such places as Dachau, Auschwitz, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum..."
—Authur G. Neal, Portland State University, American Journal Sociology