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The Unmasterable Past: History, Holocaust, and German National Identity, with a New Preface

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Charles Maier writes that the historians' controversy gave Germany a chance to air the issues immediately before unification and, in effect, the controversy substituted for the constitutional debate that a united Germany never got around to holding. The premises of national community, whether formulated in terms of legal culture, inherited collective responsibilities, or p ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 30th 1998 by Harvard University Press (first published November 9th 1988)
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Katherine Addison
When I say that The Unmasterable Past is a thought-provoking book, I mean it quite literally: it provoked a great many thoughts. It's been a long time since I engaged in active, critical reading, marking passages and making marginal notes and arguments, but this book demanded it. Even the endnotes made me think.

The Unmasterable Past was published in 1988, the year before the Berlin Wall came down, and it was strange reading it and remembering, Oh yeah, this is what the Cold War felt like. Not th
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Bookworm1858
I read this for school (a German history course) but found it very difficult. It is dense and I feel like it expected its reader to be familiar with many German historians who have grappled with the problem of the history of the Holocaust. I was familiar with none of the historians and I kept getting them confused. Not meant for the beginner.
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