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1848. Memory and Oblivion in Europe


Charlotte Tacke

How have the various countries of Europe addressed their 1848 revolutions over the course of the last 150 years? Contributions from France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Poland, Denmark, and Norway follow the ever-changing history of remembering and forgetting a historical event whose impulses, experiences and perceptions more than any other previous episode suggest a European character. The revolutions of 1848 present an ideal comparative case study of the cultures of memory, where the European, national, local as well as political and social expectations and memories fuse and compete with each other. This collection of essays focuses on the question of how historical consciousness functions as well as examining which factors influence it and to what degree it is subject to a country’s political vacillations.
Contents: Charlotte Tacke: 1848. Memory and Oblivion in Europe – Jean-Luc Mayaud: 1848 and France. The Revolution, its Uses and Commemorations (19th and 20th Centuries) – Gita Deneckere (in co-operation with Bart de Wilde): (Dis)Remembering the 1848 Revolution in Belgium. How an Important Historical Rupture Got Forgotten – Manfred Hettling: Shattered Mirror. German Memory of 1848: From Spectacle to Event – James Kaye / Isabella Matauschek: A Problematic Obligation: Commemorating the 1848 Revolution in Austria – Czeslaw Majorek / Henryk Żaliński: The Revolution of 1848 in Polish Historical Consiousness: Remarks on Three Anniversary Celebrations (1898, 1948, 1998) – Steen Bo Frandsen: Why 1848 is Barely Commemorated in Denmark – Arve T. Thorsen: Touching the Limits of Collective Memory: Norway and the Legacy of the 1848 Revolution.