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Germany, Poland and Postmemorial Relations In Search of a Livable Past by Kristin Kopp

Germany, Poland and Postmemorial Relations In Search of a Livable Past

Part of the Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series Series


Germany, Poland and Postmemorial Relations In Search of a Livable Past by Kristin Kopp

Covering the period following the collapse of communism, the unification of Germany, and Poland's accession to the EU, this collection focuses on the interdependencies of German, Polish, and Jewish collective memories and their dialogic, transnational character, showing the collective nature of postmemory and the pressures that shape it.


Germany, Poland and Postmemorial Relations: In Search of a Livable Past presents a fascinating constellation of perspectives on the ever-changing Polish-German relationship. This scholarly exchange offers a welcome inquiry into a complicated labyrinth of neighborly claims, resentments, nostalgic sentiments, and state politics. - Bo?ena Shallcross, professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago

This collection of stimulating articles, framed by a lively introduction by Kopp and Ni?y?ska, gives a fascinating overview of debates in German-Polish relations over the last two decades, involving politics and culture, interdependent collective memory and public legitimacy, victimhood and guilt, grand narratives and contested spaces, all of tremendous significance for Europe's future. - Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, Lindsay Young Professor of History and director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, University of Tennessee

This collection represents a major contribution to our understanding of perhaps the most complex relationship in modern European history. This compelling analysis of the post-1989 Polish and German 'memory
of an often dark past is insightful, provocative, and unsettling, yet manages to leave the reader in an optimistic mood by explaining how these old neighbors can mend and are mending their fence.

- Robert L. Nelson, associate professor of History, University of Windsor

A bright constellation of insightful, accessible essays on contemporary remembrance and embrace of the intricately intertwined German-Polish-Jewish past, authored by a multinational array of today's leading cultural analysts and historians. This valuable book highlights newly meaningful, often positive legacies that are emerging from the shadows of the communist era and the mid-twentieth century's tragedies. - William Hagen, professor emeritus of History, University of California, Davis

About the Author

KRISTIN KOPPAssistant Professor of German in the Department of German & Russian Studies at the University of Missouri, USA. JOANNA NIZYNSKAAssociate Professor of Polish Literature in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, USA.

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Publication date

24th April 2012


Kristin Kopp

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Palgrave Macmillan


287 pages


International relations
European history



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