The Palgrave Handbook of State-Sponsored History After 1945

Editors: Bevernage, Berber, Wouters, Nico (Eds.)

  • Introduces ‘state-sponsored history’ as a concept which requires integrated and systematic analysis
  • Provides an overview of ways in which governments and national bodies (or ‘the state’) have been involved in, or ‘used’ history
  • Brings together scholars from several fields of research which are normally separate
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This handbook provides the first systematic integrated analysis of the role that states or state actors play in the construction of history and public memory after 1945. The book focuses on many different forms of state-sponsored history, including memory laws, monuments and memorials, state-archives, science policies, history in schools, truth commissions, historical expert commissions, the use of history in courts and tribunals etc. The handbook contributes to the study of history and public memory by combining elements of state-focused research in separate fields of study. By looking at the state’s memorialising capacities the book introduces an analytical perspective that is not often found in classical studies of the state. The handbook has a broad geographical focus and analyses cases from different regions around the world. The volume mainly tackles democratic contexts, although dictatorial regimes are not excluded.   

About the authors

Berber Bevernage is Assistant Professor of Historical Theory at Ghent University, Belgium. His research focuses on the dissemination, attestation and contestation of historical discourse and historical culture in post-conflict situations. He has published in journals such as History and Theory, Rethinking History, Memory Studies, Social History and History Workshop Journal.

Nico Wouters is Director of the Belgian Centre for War and Society (CegeSoma, State Archives), Guest Professor at Ghent University, Belgium, and Honorary Research Fellow at Kent University, UK. His research interests include the Second World War, (state-sponsored) politics of memory, comparative history and oral history.

Table of contents (40 chapters)

  • State-Sponsored History After 1945: An Introduction

    Bevernage, Berber (et al.)

    Pages 1-36

  • Laws Governing the Historian’s Free Expression

    De Baets, Antoon

    Pages 39-67

  • Writing History Through Criminal Law: State-Sponsored Memory in Rwanda

    Sullo, Pietro

    Pages 69-85

  • French Memory Laws and the Ambivalence About the Meaning of Colonialism

    Löytömäki, Stiina

    Pages 87-100

  • History Watch by the European Court of Human Rights

    de Broux, Pierre-Olivier (et al.)

    Pages 101-119

Buy this book

eBook $219.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95306-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $279.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95305-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of State-Sponsored History After 1945
Editors
  • Berber Bevernage
  • Nico Wouters
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95306-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95306-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95305-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 877
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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