Spring 2015 Instructor: K. Amdur
History and Memory -- Facing Up to the Past This course poses the question of how a country’s formative experiences are remembered collectively in politics and culture. Examining events such as wars and revolutions, we will look at the various ways that societies create historical memories or “myths” and the lingering effects of these memories on subsequent history. While drawing most of its cases from modern European history, the class will pose analogies to similar patterns in America and elsewhere and invite students to choose those countries for their individual projects if they wish.
Book List (available for purchase in the bookstore): Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory