By Karen Hagemann
In 2013, Germany celebrated the bicentennial of the so-called Wars of Liberation (1813-1815). those wars have been the end result of the Prussian fight opposed to Napoleon among 1806 and 1815, which occupied a key place in German nationwide historiography and reminiscence. even supposing those conflicts were analyzed in hundreds of thousands of books and articles, a lot of the focal point has been at the army campaigns and alliances. Karen Hagemann argues that we won't in achieving a complete figuring out of those wars and their significance in collective reminiscence with out spotting how the interplay of politics, tradition, and gender motivated those old occasions and proceed to form later memories of them. She hence explores the hugely contested discourses and symbolic practices wherein members and teams interpreted those wars and made political claims, starting with the interval itself and finishing with the centenary in 1913.
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Nearly half of the 108,000 mobilized soldiers came from other German-speaking lands, many recruited by dubious methods, pressed into service as mercenaries and disinclined to fight. They were ill prepared after years of peacetime service, during which emphasis had increasingly been placed on elaborate forms of parade drill and appearance. ” This began on 4 November 1806 with the publication of an anonymous open letter from “a citizen to the duke of Brunswick” (the commander of the Prussian forces) in the Berlinische Nachrichten, one of the capital’s two most important newspapers.
Reddy, The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions (Cambridge, 2001), and “Historical Research on the Self and Emotions,” Emotion Review 1 (2009): 302–315; and Ute Frevert, “Was haben Gefühle in der Geschichte zu suchen,” GG 35 (2009): 183–208. 59 Ruth Roach Pierson, “Nations: Gendered, Racialized, Crossed with Empire,” in Gendered Nations: Nationalisms and Gender Order in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. , Nation. , Medien des kollektiven Gedächtnisses: Konstruktivität, Historizität, Kulturspezifität (Berlin, 2004); on intermediality, see Kirsten Dickhaut, “Intermedialität und Gedächtnis,” in Gedächtniskonzepte der Literaturwissenschaft: Theoretische Grundlagen und Anwendungsperspektiven, ed.
Scott (New York, 1992), 22–40, 25 and 37; and idem, “The Evidence of Experience,” Critical Inquiry 17 (1991): 773–797; see also the critique by Kathleen Canning, “Feminist History after the Linguistic Turn: Historicizing Discourse and Experience,” in her Gender History in Practice: Historical Perspectives on Bodies, Class, and Citizenship (Ithaca, NY, 2006), 62–100, 72–73. 52 Scott, “Experience,” 37–39. , Soldiers, Citizens, 1–22. 54 On the study of experience, see also Martin Jay, Songs of Experience: Modern American and European Variations on a Universal Theme (Berkeley, CA, 2005), esp.
Revisiting Prussia's Wars against Napoleon: History, Culture, and Memory by Karen Hagemann