The Sins Of The Fathers: Germany, Memory, Method by Jeffrey K. OlickThe Sins Of The Fathers: Germany, Memory, Method by Jeffrey K. Olick

The Sins Of The Fathers: Germany, Memory, Method

byJeffrey K. Olick

Hardcover | November 24, 2016

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National identity and political legitimacy always involve a delicate balance between remembering and forgetting. All nations have elements in their past that they would prefer to pass over—the catalog of failures, injustices, and horrors committed in the name of nations, if fully acknowledged, could create significant problems for a country trying to move on and take action in the present. Yet denial and forgetting carry costs as well.

Nowhere has this precarious balance been more potent, or important, than in the Federal Republic of Germany, where the devastation and atrocities of two world wars have weighed heavily in virtually every moment and aspect of political life. The Sins of the Fathers confronts that difficulty head-on, exploring the variety of ways that Germany’s leaders since 1949 have attempted to meet this challenge, with a particular focus on how those approaches have changed over time. Jeffrey K. Olick asserts that other nations are looking to Germany as an example of how a society can confront a dark past—casting Germany as our model of difficult collective memory.
Jeffrey K. Olick is professor of sociology and history at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Politics of Regret: On Collective Memory and Historical Responsibility and In the House of the Hangman: The Agonies of German Defeat, 1943–49, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Title:The Sins Of The Fathers: Germany, Memory, MethodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.5 inPublished:November 24, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface
 
Part One: Introduction
1   Placing Memory in Germany
2   The Sociology of Collective Memory
3   Prologues: The Origins of West German Memory

Part Two: The Reliable Nation
4   Bonn Is Not Weimar
5   Expiation and Explanation
6   Germany in the West
7   The Return of the Repressed
8   The Reliable Nation

Part Three: The Moral Nation
9   Seeds of Change
10   The Grand Coalition and the Wider World
11   Social-Liberal Guilt
12   The Moral Nation

Part Four: The Normal Nation
13   West Germany’s Normal Problems
14   The New Conservatism
15   The Politics of History
16   Beyond Bitburg
17   The Normal Nation

Part Five: Conclusions
18   Epilogues: Berlin Is Not Bonn
19   History, Memory, and Temporality

Appendix
References
Index

Editorial Reviews

“For a generation, memory of German crimes during the Second World War has functioned as Europe’s ethical constitution, and nowhere is this status more evident than in Germany. In The Sins of the Fathers, sociologist Olick produces the most empirically extensive and methodologically sophisticated discussion yet written about this society’s tortured wrestling with the question of inherited, collective guilt. It is sure to become a classic.”