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Author Gallinat, Anselma

Title Narratives in the Making : Writing the East German Past in the Democratic Present
Published New York, NY : Berghahn Books, Incorporated, 2016


Description 1 online resource (242 pages)
Contents Title Page; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Remembering East Germany in the United Nation; 2. Institutions That Write Memory; 3. Debating the Past at the Daily Paper; 4. Ordering Memory for Government; 5. What Makes an Aufarbeiter and a Journalist?; 6. Democracy in Trouble; 7. Memory for Citizenship; Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Summary Despite the three decades that have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the historical narrative of East Germany is hardly fixed in public memory, as German society continues to grapple with the legacies of the Cold War. This fascinating ethnography looks at two very different types of local institutions in one eastern German state that take divergent approaches to those legacies: while publicly funded organizations reliably cast the GDR as a dictatorship, a main regional newspaper offers a more ambivalent perspective colored by the experiences and concerns of its readers. As author Anselma Gallinat shows, such memory work'initially undertaken after fundamental regime change'inevitably shapes citizenship and democracy in the present
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Anthropology and history -- Germany
Collective memory -- Germany
HISTORY / Europe / Germany.
Anthropology and history
Collective memory
Historiography -- Social aspects
Germany (East) -- Historiography -- Social aspects
Germany (East)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781785333033