Reworking The Past: Hitler, The Holocaust, And The Historians' Debate

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Reworking The Past: Hitler, The Holocaust, And The Historians' Debate

Edited by Peter Baldwin
Beacon Press, 1990
308 pp. $29.95
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A collection of essays on aspects of the West German debate about the place of the Nazi past in German history. Some of these essays were part of the original debate, some are by younger American historians who analyze the significance of the debate. The editor's excellent introduction and the essays-all of which have been published before-give an overview of the extensive literature. There is much emphasis on the political context of the post-Bitburg debate, the more conservative and assertive atmosphere in the Federal Republic engendered by the Kohl-Reagan era of the early 1980s. In the debate the earlier liberal consensus prevailed-how will unification alter German perspectives on Germany's past?

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