The Thirty Years' War and German Memory in the Nineteenth Century by Kevin CramerThe Thirty Years' War and German Memory in the Nineteenth Century by Kevin Cramer

The Thirty Years' War and German Memory in the Nineteenth Century

byKevin Cramer

Paperback | January 1, 2010

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The nineteenth century witnessed the birth of German nationalism and the unification of Germany as a powerful nation-state. In this era the reading public’s obsession with the most destructive and divisive war in its history—the Thirty Years’ War—resurrected old animosities and sparked a violent, century-long debate over the origins and aftermath of the war. The core of this bitter argument was a clash between Protestant and Catholic historians over the cultural criteria determining authentic German identity and the territorial and political form of the future German nation.
This groundbreaking study of modern Germany’s morbid fascination with the war explores the ideological uses of history writing, commemoration, and collective remembrance to show how the passionate argument over the “meaning” of the Thirty Years’ War shaped Germans' conception of their nation. The first book in the extensive literature on German history writing to examine how modern German historians reinterpreted a specific event to define national identity and legitimate political and ideological agendas, The Thirty Years’ War and German Memory in the Nineteenth Century is a bold intellectual history of the confluence of history writing, religion, culture, and politics in nineteenth-century Germany.
Kevin Cramer is an associate professor of history at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
Title:The Thirty Years' War and German Memory in the Nineteenth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:January 1, 2010Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803232691

ISBN - 13:9780803232693

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“In his provocative study of the historiographical and commemorative discourse, surrounding the Thirty Years’ War in nineteenth-century Germany, Kevin Cramer delves exhaustively into the contemporary literature on the subject and reveals it to have been a major venue of confessional and political conflict among Catholics and Protestants over the course of the century. . . . Cramer’s account of the history and memory (chiefly the former) of the Thirty Years’ War in nineteenth-century Germany offers a well-researched, often insightful window onto the period’s confessional and political conflicts.”—Brian Vick, H-Net Book Reviews - Brian Vick - H-Net Book Reviews - 20080819