How do individuals, societies, and nations deal with their difficult pasts? "Getting History Right" examines this question in a comparative context by looking at an authoritarian East Germany and a pluralistic, democratic West Germany. It examines how societal level discussions of the past shaped individual perceptions and interpretations of the past; and how individual perceptions and struggles over the meaning of the past shaped societal level discussions. These struggles over meaning and "getting history right" are not only shaped by political power, but are also a source of symbolic power.
Mark A. Wolfgram is assistant professor of political science at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater.
Chapter 1: Collective Memory, Politics, and Culture Chapter 2: Victims and Perpetrators: The View from the East Chapter 3: Victims and Perpetrators: The View from the West Chapter 4: Collaboration and Resistance: Blood and Redemption Chapter 5: Division and Unity: A Revolutionary People Unites Itself Chapter 6: Defeat and Liberation: Ending the War Chapter 7 Conclusion: Mourning, Loss, and the Difficulty of Remembering Chapter 8 Appendix: Charts and Chart Notes