Narrating the Nation: Representations in History, Media, and the Arts

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Stefan Berger, Linas Eriksonas, Andrew Mycock
Berghahn Books, 2008 - History - 348 pages
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A sustained and systematic study of the construction, erosion and reconstruction of national histories across a wide variety of states is highly topical and extremely relevant in the context of the accelerating processes of Europeanization and globalization. However, as demonstrated in this volume, histories have not, of course, only been written by professional historians. Drawing on studies from a number of different European nation states, the contributors to this volume present a systematic exploration, of the representation of the national paradigm. In doing so, they contextualize the European experience in a more global framework by providing comparative perspectives on the national histories in the Far East and North America. As such, they expose the complex variables and diverse actors that lie behind the narration of a nation.

 

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Contents

Historical Representation Identity Allegiance
19
Scientific History between Mythmaking
35
Prospects for Critique and Narrative
56
Fiction as a Mediator in National Remembrance
79
The Institutionalisation and Nationalisation of Literature in
97
Walter Scott
117
Families Phantoms and the Discourse ofGenerationsas
133
Holocaust Cinema and
153
Austrian Memory in
207
National and European History in the
222
The Nation in Song
246
Agency Ideology
269
The Configuration of Orient and Occident in the Global
290
Notes on Contributors
309
Bibliography
315
Index
333

Riviera Reflections on Nationalism and
181

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Linas Eriksonas is Project Manager of the EU 6th Framework Programme project SAL (-Society and Lifestyles: Towards Enhancing Social Harmonization through Knowledge of Subcultural Communities-). Previously he was Project Coordinator for the European Science Foundation program -Representations of the Past: The Writing of National Histories in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Europe-. He is the author of National Heroes and National Identities: Scotland, Norway and Lithuania (Brussels, 2004).

Andrew Mycock is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Huddersfield. He was Programme Coordinator for the European Science Foundation project, -Representations of the Past: National History Writing in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries-, between 2006 and 2007. His doctoral thesis, currently being prepared for publication, provides a comparative analysis of the construction of post-imperial citizenship and national identity in the Russian Federation and Britain through the introduction of citizenship and history education programs.

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