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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (4 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691059365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691059365
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An excellent introduction to newly emerging views on the study of contemporary German history."--Cecil Trice, History: Reviews of New Books

"A compelling, challenging analysis."--Choice

"Shattered Past is the most important book in German history to appear in recent years. . . . [It] will surely provoke discussion and debate for many years to come."--Eric D. Weitz, Slavic Review

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"This is an important and thought-provoking book, full of insights and critical questions. Its originality will be recognized immediately, and its suggestions for future research will inspire and animate debate. Immensely valuable, it is full of promise for the way we think about the German past over the next decade."--Rudy Koshar, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"This is an extremely important book. The authors move with tremendous authority over two hundred years and use the caesura of 1989 and the experience of the East German dictatorship as well as the racial civil war of the Nazi period to insist on new ways of looking and writing. Their ability to hold the two lines of inquiry together--the disruptions of history and the continually disrupted writing of history--is a masterpiece of conceptual control. Bold and provocative, Shattered Past will stand as a landmark in the field."--Peter Fritzsche, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


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The coincidence of political reunification with methodological shifts toward postmodernism raises the fundamental question: How should German history be told after the end of a century marked by its excesses? Read the first page
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Reed on 7 Dec. 2013
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Boring, dull, heavy and difficult to comprehend, this book has an interesting theme and theory but goes about it in such a bad way.

Only read if desperately necessary (I only chose this as I needed it for University!)
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This book is not for the average person. It's very dry and in-depth. It doesn't flow well which caused problems for me.
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