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Narrating the Nation
Representations in History, Media and the Arts
Edited by Stefan Berger, Linas Eriksonas and Andrew Mycock
352 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-84545-424-1 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (October 2008)
ISBN 978-0-85745-173-6 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (September 2011)
eISBN 978-1-84545-865-2 eBook
“…an important, indeed significant, collection of essays that examine the historiography of presenting ‘nationhood.’ There is a shared point of view in the historiographical perspectives of the contributors that warrants the collection being considered as a ‘transitional formulation’ in Jaspers’s sense of the term…[The volume] can thus be seen as a watershed book for our time, opening an avenue for a global historiography of ‘in-common historiographical premises,’ even as it insists on discerning the diverse and complex perspectives that constitute any particular study.” · H-Net Habsburg
“The bulk of the analytical essays are well-written, informative and acute in pursuing the theoretical ambitions of the volume…Narrating the Nation is highly interesting and has a lot to offer. It is, at the same time, a focused and many-facetted volume, which everyone can draw inspiration from, both theoretically and thematically. Against this background, the book can be warmly recommended.” · H-Soz-u-Kult
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.
Stefan Berger is Professor of Modern German and Comparative European History at the University of Manchester, where he is also Director of the Jean-Monnet-Centre of Excellence. Between 2003 and 2008 he directed the European Science Foundation Programme on 'Representations of the Past. The Writing of National Histories in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Europe (NHIST) He has published widely in the areas of historiography, national identity and labour history.
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.
Other Berghahn Titles by Stefan Berger:
Search for Normality
Policy Concertation and Social Partnership in Western Europe (co-edited with Hugh Compston).
Subject: General History Media Studies
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Introduction: Narrating the Nation: Historiography and Other Genres
PART I: SCIENTIFIC APPROACHES TO NATIONAL NARRATIVES
Chapter 1. Historical Representation, Identity, Allegiance
Chapter 2. Drawing the Line: ‘Scientific’ History between Myth-making and Myth-breaking
Chapter 3. National Histories: Prospects for Critique and Narrative
PART II: NARRATING THE NATION AS LITERATURE
Chapter 4. Fiction as a Mediator in National Remembrance
Chapter 5. The Institutionalisation and Nationalisation of Literature in Nineteenth-century Europe
Chapter 6. Towards the Genre of Popular National History: Walter Scott after Waterloo
Chapter 7. Families, Phantoms and the Discourse of ‘Generations’ as a Politics of the Past: Problems of Provenance: Rejecting and Longing for Origins
PART III: NARRATING THE NATION AS FILM
Chapter 8. Sold Globally – Remembered Locally: Holocaust Cinema and the Construction of Collective Identities in Europe and the US
Chapter 9. Cannes 1956/1979: Riviera Reflections on Nationalism and Cinema
PART IV: NARRATING THE NATION AS ART AND MUSIC
Chapter 10. From Discourse to Representation: ‘Austrian Memory’ in Public Space
Chapter 11. Personifying the Past: National and European History in the Fine and Applied Arts in the Age of Nationalism
Chapter 12. The Nation in Song
Philip V. Bohlman
PART V: NON-EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES ON NATION AND NARRATION
Chapter 13. ‘People’s History’ in North America: Agency, Ideology, Epistemology
Chapter 14. The Configuration of Orient and Occident in the Global Chain of National Histories: Writing National Histories in Northeast Asia
Notes on Contributors
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