Learning from the Germans? History and Memory in German and European Projects of Integration

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dc.contributor.author BEATTIE, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2007-10-24T13:15:33Z
dc.date.available 2007-10-24T13:15:33Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 2007, 4, 2, (Special Issue on ‘Contesting Eurovisions’) en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/7259
dc.description.abstract History and memory appear to be increasingly important to discussions of European values and identity, as exemplified by references to ‘bitter experiences’ and ‘divided pasts’ in the draft EU constitution. The article takes recent suggestions that Europe could learn from German experiences of confronting multiple difficult pasts as its starting point, and considers critically what lessons those German experiences might in fact hold for ‘Europe’. It explores similarities and differences in the two integration contexts and their dominant approaches to, and assumptions about history and public memory. Specifically, it considers debates about the east-west division of the Cold War and about the place of communism and nazism in public memory. Contrary to common assumptions, the article argues that German experiences are not necessarily worth of European emulation. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Learning from the Germans? History and Memory in German and European Projects of Integration en
dc.type Article en


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