History 487R-000: History and Memory Facing Up to the Past



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Spring 2015 Instructor: K. Amdur
History 487R-000:

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

Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun

Deborah Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory

Richard J. Evans, Lying About Hitler: History, Holocaust, and the David Irving Trial

Robert Jay Lifton and Greg Mitchell, Hiroshima in America: A Half-Century of Denial

Tina Rosenberg, The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism


Additional readings (listed under individual class sessions) are available on online reserve.
Class Schedule:



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