This volume focuses on the uses of collective memory in transatlantic relations between the United States, and Western and Central European nations in the period from the Cold War to the present day. Sitting at the intersection of international relations, history, memory studies and various "area" studies, Memory in Transatlantic Relations examines the role of memory in an international context, including the ways in which policy and decision makers utilize memory; the relationship between trauma, memory and international politics; the multiplicity of actors who shape memory; and the role of memory in the conflicts in post-Cold War Europe.
Thematically organized and presenting studies centered on the U.S., Hungary, France, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the authors explore the built environment (memorials) and performances of memory (commemorations), shedding light on the ways in which memories are mobilized to frame relations between the U.S. and nations in Western and Central Europe. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences and historians with interests in memory studies, foreign policy and international relations.
Introduction: Toward A Study Of Memory Policy In Transatlantic Relations (Kryštof Kozák and György Tóth)
Part I: The Politics Of Memory On Two Sides Of The Atlantic
Chapter 1. The Politics of Public Memory in the United States: An Overview (György Tóth)
Chapter 2. The Politics of History in Europe: National Myths, Musealization, and Social Memory (Paul Bauer)
Part II: ‘Lafayette, We Are Here’: Memory In Us Transatlantic Relations
Chapter 3: "Time Will Not Dim the Glory of Their Deeds": The Memorial Roots and Transatlantic Legacies of the U.S. Military Cemeteries Abroad (Allison Wanger)
Chapter 4: Public Memory in U.S. Transatlantic Relations from the Late Cold War through the 1990s (György Tóth)
Chapter 5. Memory in U.S. Transatlantic Relations since 9/11 (György Tóth)
Chapter 6: The Aesthetic of War Commemorations in France. The D-Day Celebration in 2014 (Paul Bauer)
Part III: Memory In Central European Transatlantic Relations
Chapter 7. Memory in Czech-U.S. Relations Since the End of the Cold War (Kryštof Kozák)
Chapter 8: Memory Unravelling: The 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising in U.S.-Hungarian Relations (György Tóth)
Conclusions: A Memory Strategy/Policy for the Future (Kryštof Kozák)
Memory Studies as an academic field of cultural inquiry emerges at a time when global public debates, buttressed by the fragmentation of nation states and their traditional narratives, have greatly accelerated. Societies are today pregnant with newly unmediated memories, once sequestered in broad collective representations and their ideological stances. But, the ‘past in the present’ has returned with a vengeance in the early 21st Century, and with it an expansion of categories of cultural experience and meaning. This new series explores the social and cultural stakes around forgetting, useful forgetting and remembering, locally, regionally, nationally and globally. It welcomes studies of migrant memory from failed states; micro-histories battling against collective memories; the mnemonic past of emotions; the mnemonic spatiality of sites of memory; and the reconstructive ethics of memory in the face of galloping informationalization, as this renders the ‘mnemonic’ more and more public and publically accessible.