Broken Narratives

Post-Cold War History and Identity in Europe and East Asia


The end of the Cold War reshuffled the power relations between former friends and enemies. In Broken Narratives the contributors offer an account of the consequences of the end of the Cold War for the (re-)telling of history in film, literature and academic historiography in Europe and East Asia. Despite the post-modern claim that there is no need for a master-narrative, the contributions to this book show that we are in the middle of an intense and difficult search for a common understanding of the past. However, instead of common narratives polyphony and dissonances are produced which reflect a world in a period of transition. As the contributions to this volume show, the year 1989 has generated broken narratives.
Contributors include: Peter Verstraten, Rotem Kowner, Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Carsten Schäfer, Martin Gieselmann, Yonson Ahn, Chang Lung-chih, Andrea Riemenschnitter, Shingo Minamizuka, Petra Buchholz, and Tatiana Zhurzhenko.

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Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik (Ph.D.1982, Ruhr University Bochum) is a professor of Chinese Studies and Vice Rector for Research and Career Development at the University of Vienna. She has published on 20th century Chinese history and historiography and is currently completing a book on East Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries. She has also published articles on memory issues related to the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution.
All interested in world history and historiography after the end of the Cold War, and particularly anyone concerned with modern history and historigraphy in East Asia and Western as well as Eastern Europe.