Revisiting Prussia's Wars Against Napoleon: History, Culture, and Memory

TitleRevisiting Prussia's Wars Against Napoleon: History, Culture, and Memory
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsHagemann, Karen
Number of Pages483
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge; New York

In 2013, Germany celebrated the bicentennial of the so-called Wars of Liberation (1813-1815). These wars were the cul­mination of the Prussian struggle against Napoleon between 1806 and 1815, which occupied a key position in German national historiography and memory. Although these conflicts have been analyzed in thousands of books and articles, much of the focus has been on the military campaigns and alliances. This monograph argues that we cannot achieve a compre­hensive understanding of these wars and their importance in collective memory without recognizing how the interaction of politics, culture, and gender influenced these historical events and continues to shape later recollections of them. Hagemann thus ex­plores the highly contested discourses and symbolic practices by which individuals and groups interpreted these wars and made political claims, beginning with the period itself and ending with the centenary in 1913.

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