MO3520 History, Memory, and Identity in Postwar Western Europe, 1945-2005
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Credits 30
Availability Semester 1, 2016-17
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Description Postwar Europe was not only marked by ideological division but also by rivalling memory cultures between and within different societies. This module will encourage students to think about European politics, memory, and history in a comparative manner while dealing with a number of themes and settings. Are ‘memory’ and ‘history’ diametrically opposed? What made West Germany’s Historians’ Dispute so intense? Which images of the two world wars have been produced by British films and television series? These are some of the questions this module will address in a tour de force of postwar European memory.
Basic Reading

Mark Mazower, Dark Continent. Europe’s Twentieth Century (1998)
Jan-Werner Müller (ed.), Memory and Power in Post-war Europe. Studies in the Presence of the Past (2002)
Tony Judt, Postwar. A History of Europe since 1945 (2005)
Richard Ned Lebow, Wulf Kansteiner & Claudio Fogu (eds.), The Politics of Memory in Postwar Europe (2006)


Course Structure

1. Introduction
2. ‘History’ and ‘memory’: exploring key concepts
3. Prosecuting the perpetrators: from Nuremberg to Goldhagen
4. Arguing the past, defining the future: the Historians’ Debate and West German political culture
5. Memorializing the Holocaust: from Dachau to Berlin
6. ‘Hitler’s first victim’? Austria’s foundation myth and its critics
7. Essay Feedback Sessions
8. ‘Italiani brava gente’? Italy’s second Risorgimento and its discontents
9. Vichy’s afterlife: from Gaullist mythmaking to the trial of Papon
10. ‘Our battles are directed, sir?’ Representations of the two world wars in British film and television
11. Beyond Europe: the Holocaust in American life



100% coursework

3,000-word essay (25%)
Presentation (20%)
3,000-word essay (25%)
4,500-word essay (30%)



Learning Outcomes

  • Familiarity with the historiographical triangle of history, memory & identity in Modern European History
  • An understanding of Europe's 'memory landscape'
  • Ability to analyse primary sources in intellectual-cultural history
Restrictions None
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