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This book brings together eighteen English language essays on the fringes, overlap, and tensions of memory and history that the author has published over the last three decades. It is characteristic that the two longest essays in this volume, and the most recent one, are reflections on the author's ambiguity ...
Memory and History: Essays in Contemporary History
This book brings together eighteen English language essays on the fringes, overlap, and tensions of memory and history that the author has published over the last three decades. It is characteristic that the two longest essays in this volume, and the most recent one, are reflections on the author's ambiguity vis-a-vis autobiographical Ego-histoire, on his role and experiences as a government advisor during the international negotiations on compensation for Nazi forced labor, and on the contexts of the essays of this book. The author was also instrumental in bringing Oral History to Germany and making it academically respectable. So the second largest part of this book displays some examples of his approaches to German `Erfahrungsgeschichte' West and East, and to their roots in and beyond the Nazi period, being analytical and literary at the same time. The third major group of essays documents some of the author's interventions into intellectual and conceptual history: with the examples of `Collective Identity' and `Posthistoire' he shows the merits of investigative `Geistesgeschichte' contesting mainstream intellectual assumptions. With the method of Comparative Considerations he tries to specify the situation of German Labor after the `Third Reich', the mythological potential of Soviet Special Camps in Germany after World War II, or the perspectives of the German `Sonderweg' after 1990.
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Memory and History: Essays in Contemporary History

by Lutz Niethammer
Hardback
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Whether its ultimate resting-place is deemed to be Fukuyama's liberal democracy or Baudrillard's hyperreality, history, according to a number of pundits, has reached the end of the line. In the inflated debates that have ensued, it is precisely history which has been ignored, for the conception of posthitoire is far ...
Posthistoire: Has History Come to an End?
Whether its ultimate resting-place is deemed to be Fukuyama's liberal democracy or Baudrillard's hyperreality, history, according to a number of pundits, has reached the end of the line. In the inflated debates that have ensued, it is precisely history which has been ignored, for the conception of posthitoire is far from new. Here, Lutz Niethammer, Germany's leading practitioner of 'history from below', explores in fascinating detail the forms the conception has taken in the twentieth century and assembles what amounts to an intellectual history of disillusion and resignation. In his survey of thinkers as diverse as Kojeve, Heidegger and Junger, he finds adherents to the idea of the end of history on the Right and Left. But whether they pinned all their hopes on the nation or the proletariat, in different ways they have all conflated the apparent collapse of a particular historical project with the collapse of history itself.
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Posthistoire: Has History Come to an End?

by Dirk Van Laak, Lutz Niethammer
Paperback
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