Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity

Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity

by John R. Gillis

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ISBN-13: 9780691186658
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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About the Author

John R. Gillis is Professor of History at Rutgers University. His most recent book is A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Notes on Contributorsxi
Introduction: Memory and Identity: The History of a Relationship3
Part 1The Problem of Identity and Memory
Chapter IIs "Identity" a Useful Cross-Cultural Concept?27
Chapter IIIdentity, Heritage, and History41
Part 2Memory in the Construction of National Identities
Chapter IIINational Memory in Early Modern England61
Chapter IVPublic Memory in an American City: Commemoration in Cleveland74
Chapter VThe Museum and the Politics of Social Control in Modern Iraq90
Chapter VIThe Historic, the Legendary, and the Incredible: Invented Tradition and Collective Memory in Israel105
Part 3Memories of War and Wars over Memory
Chapter VIIThe Politics of Memory: Black Emancipation and the Civil War Monument127
Chapter VIIIMemory and Naming in the Great War150
Chapter IXThe War Dead and the Gold Star: American Commemoration of the First World War168
Chapter XArt, Commerce, and the Production of Memory in France after World War I186
Part 4Politics of Memory and Identity
Chapter XIBuilding Pasts: Historic Preservation and Identity in Twentieth-Century Germany215
Chapter XIICreating the Authentic France: Struggles over French Identity in the First Half of the Twentieth Century239
Chapter XIIIBetween Memory and Oblivion: Concentration Camps in German Memory258
Index281

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