Shattered Past: Reconstructing German Histories
Broken glass, twisted beams, piles of debris--these are the early memories of the children who grew up amidst the ruins of the Third Reich. More than five decades later, German youth inhabit manicured suburbs and stroll along prosperous pedestrian malls. "Shattered Past" is a bold reconsideration of the perplexing pattern of Germany's twentieth-century history. Konrad Jara...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 24th 2002 by Princeton University Press
(first published November 4th 2002)
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I do have a soft spot for the essay, and this book is a collection of the more daring in this vein. Each one of these is remarkably efficient in summarizing a paralyzing quantity of literature and history, and offers some interesting new approaches to German history. Not all are as original as intended, perhaps, but they all plead their respective cases nicely. I was particularly partial to the final section on the fusion of history and catastrophe, but then again, that's what I study.