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Past in the Making: Historical Revisionism in Central Europe by Michal Kopecek

By Michal Kopecek

Historic revisionism, faraway from being constrained to small teams of 'negationists,' have galvanized debates within the realm of contemporary historical past. The reviews during this ebook diversity from basic debts of the historical past of contemporary old revisionism to targeted analyses of specific debates or social-cultural phenomena in person imperative ecu nations, from Germany to Ukraine and Estonia. the place is the borderline among valid second look of historic interpretations and makes an attempt to rewrite background in a politically inspired approach that downgrades or denies crucial historic proof? How do the conventional 'national historic narratives' react to the 'spill-over' of foreign and political controversies into their 'sphere of influence'? Technological development, in addition to the general social and cultural decentralization shatters the outdated hierarchies of educational old wisdom lower than the banner of tradition of reminiscence, and breeds an unrivaled democratization in old illustration. This ebook bargains a special process according to the provocative and instigating intersection of scholarly examine, its political appropriations, and social mirrored image from a consultant pattern of principal and East ecu nations.

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The expert witness for the prosecution was no other than Raul Hilberg, one of the best known Holocaust scholars. Zündel’s lawyer, Dag Christi, set out to defend his client by relativizing the epistemological value of knowledge about the past. 35 However, he commissioned expert historical testimony for his own client from none other than Robert Faurisson. Consequently, the trial offered the strange spectacle of a debate between the experts brought by the defense and those provided by the prosecution.

The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and its aftermath (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000). 7 Quoted in Robert E. Connot, Justice at Nuremberg (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1988), p. xiii. From Revisionism to “Revisionism” 35 8 Lawrence Douglas, The Memory of Judgement. Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust (New Heaven, London: Yale University Press, 2001), p. 2. P. Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War (Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1961), pp. 68–72.

Any subject of their revision is more than just a conventional scholarly interpretation of the past. They challenge something bigger—the “official” truth, a paradigm sanctioned by political authorities, guarded by legal decisions and maintained by the majority of allegedly opportunistic academics. This dynamic is typical of revisionist discourse and makes it easy to differentiate between a regular scholarly debate, conducted in the form of an informed dialogue between academics, and a politically saturated exchange.

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