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  • Acknowledgments vii

    Introduction / Jeffrey K. Olick 1

    Rethinking a Great Event: The October Revolution as Memory Project / Frederick C. Corney 17

    Of Storytellers and Master Narratives: Modernity, Memory, and History in Fascist Italy / Simonetta Falasca Zamponi 43

    Idols of the Emperor / Matt K. Matsuda 72

    Confucius and the Cultural Revolution: A Study in Collective Memory / Tong Zhang and Barry Schwartz 101

    Institutional Legacies and Collective Memories: The Case of the Spanish Transition to Democracy / Paloma Aguilar 128

    When Do Collective Memories Last? Founding Moments in the United States and Australia / Lyn Spillman 161

    Legacies and Liabilities of an Insurgent Past: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. on the House and Senate Floor / Francesca Polletta 193

    Postnationalist Pasts: The Case of Israel / Uri Ram 227

    What Does It Mean to Normalize the Past? Official Memory in German Politics since 1989 / Jeffrey K. Olick 259

    The "End" of the Postwar: Japan at the Turn of the Millennium / Carol Gluck 289

    Calendars and History: A Comparative Study of the Social Organization of National Memory / Eviatar Zerubavel 315

    Afterword: Borges and Brass / Charles Tilly 339

    Contributors 347

    Index 351
  • Jeffrey K. Olick

    Fred C. Corney

    Simonetta Falasca Zamponi

    Matt K. Matsuda

    Tong Zhang

    Paloma Aguilar

    Lyn Spillman

    Francesca Polletta

    Uri Ram

    Carol Gluck

    Charles Tilly

    Eviatar Zerubavel

    Barry Schwartz

  • “An old Yugoslav aphorism goes: ‘The future is not hard to predict, but the past is forever changing.’ The essays gathered in this volume all deal in one way or another with the way people organize their collective memories of a past, and particularly a national past. The range of topics is remarkable, and the essays themselves are uniformly excellent—beginning with Jeffrey K. Olick's masterful introduction.”—Kai Erikson, author of A New Species of Trouble: The Human Experience of Modern Disasters — N/A

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    States of Memory illuminates the construction of national memory from a comparative perspective. The essays collected here emphasize that memory itself has a history: not only do particular meanings change, but the very faculty of memory—its place in social relations and the forms it takes—varies over time. Integrating theories of memory and nationalism with case studies, these essays stake a vital middle ground between particular and universal approaches to social memory studies.

    The contributors—including historians and social scientists—describe societies’ struggles to produce and then use ideas of what a “normal” past should look like. They examine claims about the genuineness of revolution (in fascist Italy and communist Russia), of inclusiveness (in the United States and Australia), of innocence (in Germany), and of inevitability (in Israel). Essayists explore the reputation of Confucius among Maoist leaders during China’s Cultural Revolution; commemorations of Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States Congress; the “end” of the postwar era in Japan; and how national calendars—in signifying what to remember, celebrate, and mourn—structure national identification. Above all, these essays reveal that memory is never unitary, no matter how hard various powers strive to make it so.

    States of Memory will appeal to those scholars-in sociology, history, political science, cultural studies, anthropology, and art history-who are interested in collective memory, commemoration, nationalism, and state formation.

    Contributors. Paloma Aguilar, Frederick C. Corney, Carol Gluck, Matt K. Matsuda, Jeffrey K. Olick, Francesca Polletta, Uri Ram, Barry Schwartz, Lyn Spillman, Charles Tilly, Simonetta Falasca Zamponi, Eviatar Zerubavel, Tong Zhang

    About The Author(s)

    Jeffrey K. Olick is Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University.

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