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Studies in German History

Prussia in the Historical Culture of the German Democratic Republic

Communists and Kings

Marcus Colla

Prussia in the Historical Culture of the German Democratic Republic

Studies in German History

Prussia in the Historical Culture of the German Democratic Republic

Communists and Kings

Studies in German History: Prussia in the Historical Culture of the German Democratic Republic

 

Using the case study of Prussia, Marcus Colla presents a multi-perspective approach to the way that a distinctive 'historical culture' was constructed in the German Democratic Republic, evaluating the roles played by political figures, historians, and cultural elites, but also purveyors of popular culture, such as writers and musicians.


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Beschrijving Studies in German History: Prussia in the Historical Culture of the German Democratic Republic

No example demonstrates the fluidity of the past within the German Democratic Republic more powerfully than the history of the Prussian state. Initially attacked in East German official histories as the historical engine of German militarism and reaction, Prussia underwent a remarkable transformation in official and public memory from around the end of the 1970s. This was the so-called 'Prussia-Renaissance', in which, for the first time, the East German state began
to recognise and even celebrate figures from Prussian history who had not served a 'progressive' agenda. But the 'Prussia-Renaissance' was also a political and cultural phenomenon with a wide public resonance. The 'Prussia-Renaissance' may have been a relatively short-lived phenomenon, but it
evidently opened a deep vein in the historical memory of the German Democratic Republic that defied reduction to 'high politics' alone. This book asks why.

Using the case study of Prussia, Marcus Colla presents a multi-perspective approach to the way that a distinctive 'historical culture' was constructed in the German Democratic Republic. It not only evaluates the roles played by political figures, historians, and cultural elites, but also heritage preservationists, exhibition curators, heimat museums, television producers, novelists and playwrights, and singers - the purveyors of what we might more generally term 'popular culture'. In essence,
Colla poses four fundamental questions for our understanding of life, politics and culture in communist East Germany: how was history there made? How was it understood? How was it contested? And how was it used?


ISBN
9780192865908
Pagina's
336
Verschijnt
Serie
Studies in German History
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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