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National History and New Nationalism in the Twenty-First Century
A Global Comparison

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ISBN 9780367520403
June 18, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

National history has once again become a battlefield. In internal political conflicts, which are fought in the fields of popular culture, museums, schoolbooks, and memorial politics, it has obtained an important and contested role. Irrespective of national specifics, the narratives of new nationalism are similar everywhere: National history is said to stretch back for many centuries and expresses historical continuity namely in the timeless character of a homogenous people. It struggles for independence and is headed by towering leaders and inspired by the sacrifice of martyrs. Unlike earlier forms of nationalism, the main enemies are no longer neighboring states, but international and supranational institutions. To profit from national history as an integrative tool, new nationalists claim that the media and the history curricula in schools should not contest or question the nation and its great historical deeds, since doubts are believed to weaken and dishonour the nation. This book gives a broad international overview of the rhetoric, contents and contexts of the rise of renewed national historical narratives and the way professional historians react to these phenomena. The contributions focus on a wide range of representative nations from all over the globe.

Table of Contents

National History and New Nationalism in the Twenty-First Century: Introductory Remarks

Thomas Maissen

1. National Historical Master Narratives and War Museums in Contemporary Europe: A Comparative Analysis

Stefan Berger

2. Populism and Nationalism in Recent British Historiography

Michael Bentley

3. German National History in the Age of "Aufarbeitung"

Martin Sabrow

4. The Remarkable Persistence of the Ghost of a Nation: Contesting the Nation in Public and Historical Discourse in the Netherlands in the Twenty-First Century

Chris Lorenz

5. Production and Politics of the National Narrative in France

Sébastien Ledoux

6. The Resilience of National Histories: "Two Spains" versus the Periphery?

Xosé M. Núñez Seixas

7. Reflections on Swiss Historiography in Times of New Nationalism

Georg Kreis

8. Nation and the "Retrotopic" Politics of History in Poland

Miloš Řezník

9. "Politics of History" and Authoritarian Regime-Building in Hungary After 1990

Balázs Trencsényi

10. The Past that Never Left?: Nationalism, Historiography, and the Yugoslav Wars

Florian Bieber

11. The Ottomans and "My People": The Populist-Nationalist Discourse in Turkey Under the AKP Government

Tanıl Bora

12. Independence, Revolution, War, and the Renaissance of National History in Ukraine

Tanja Penter

13. Between "Europe" and Russian "Sonderweg", Between "Empire" and "Nation": Historiography, Politics of History, and Discussion within Society in Russia

Ekaterina Makhotina

14. Res Publica Historicissima: The Politics of History in Israel

Johannes Becke

15. National Pride versus Critical History: American Memory Wars

Konrad H. Jarausch

16. Memory, History, and the Politics of the Hindu Right

Neeladri Bhattacharya

17. Chinese National History: The Manchu-Qing in New Clothes

Hans van Ess

18. New Nationalism in Japan in the Twenty-first Century

Takashi Yoshida


Ronald Grigor Suny

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Niels F. May is research coordinator at the German Historical Institute in Paris.

Thomas Maissen is the director of the German Historical Institute in Paris.