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The Quest for the Lost Nation: Writing History in Germany and Japan in the American Century

Sebastian Conrad


This is a chronicle of Germany's and Japan's struggles to reclaim a defeated national past. The author compares the ways German and Japanese scholars revised national history after World War II in the shadows of fascism, surrender, and American occupation. Defeat in 1945 marked the death of the national past in both countries, yet, as the author proves, historians did not abandon national perspectives during reconstruction. Quite the opposite—the nation remained hidden at the center of texts as scholars tried to make sense of the past and searched for fragments of the nation they had lost. By ... More

Keywords: Germany, Japan, national history, World War II, fascism, surrender, American occupation, reconstruction, nation, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520259447
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520259447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastian Conrad, author