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From Monuments to TracesArtifacts of German Memory, 1870-1990$
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Rudy Koshar

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520217683

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520217683.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.286) Conclusion
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From Monuments to Traces
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Rudy Koshar

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520217683.003.0006

This book has emphasized that the memory landscape symbolized and shaped German perceptions about the past and the nation, and that the continuity of the memory landscape depended on the evolution of its forms. Monuments, ruins, reconstructions, and traces are used in contesting strategies to build an enduring national tradition. The book has focused on a continuity based on recurring forms of collective memory manipulated by the Nazis, but which was also contributed to a deeper cultural and political tradition.

Keywords:   memory landscape, monuments, ruins, reconstructions, traces, collective memory, Nazis

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