Wulf Kansteiner is an assistant professor of history and the director of graduate studies at the Binghamton University of the State University of New York.
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The collective memories of Nazism that developed in postwar Germany have helped define a new paradigm of memory politics. From Europe to South Africa and from Latin America to Iraq, scholars have studied the German case to learn how to overcome internal division and regain international recognition.
“By juxtaposing his insightful readings of historiography with his analyses of mass media, Kansteiner makes even more powerfully clear how little impact historians have had on the public’s understanding of the Nazi past.... He does not tell us how to escape our marginal status; but throughout this important book, he forcefully reminds us of how marginal we are and how little attention we’ve paid to arenas, like television, where many more people learn about the past than in the books we write.”