The error of course consists in believing that Bismarck based his diplomacy on the seeking out and preservation of bilateral alliances. This is the famous Russian legend. This orthodox position has been revised, and with it Bismarcks geostrategy.
Bismarck did not conduct a Russian policy in or afterwards, but rather a European one. His thinking was on a European scale, and involved moving its lines of power, creating new ones, and recomposing them according to the circumstances. This included pragmatism and flexibility, the exact opposite of a fixed and permanent order.
The question remains as to whether Bismarckian policy changed in nature with the founding of the Reich in Most German historiography deemed it essential to demonstrate this. These means have not changed. In a somewhat pithy formula, one could qualify Bismarckian policy as essentially aggressive and bellicose. Diese Konstellation traf mit Wilhelm II. Damit war die grobe Ausgangslage des Ersten Weltkriegs geschaffen.
Der Ausbruch des Krieges konnte indes nicht mehr verhindert werden. Die Landung schlug fehl, weil Ort und Zeit nicht gut koordiniert waren. Die eher vermittelnde britische Haltung zeigte sich u. Schlacht um Narvik nicht verhindert werden. Wir werden diesen Nachtpiraten das Handwerk legen, so wahr uns Gott helfe! Dezember gewannen die Alliierten strategische Vorteile. Allerdings sollte es noch bis September Invasion in Italien bzw. Die Bedingungslose Kapitulation der Wehrmacht trat am 8. Mai in Kraft.
Mai gebildet wurde. Nach der deutschen Wiedervereinigung ab wandelte sich das Deutschlandbild der Briten langsam. Mark Clark. A European intellectual historian, Clark has published widely on German and Italian culture in the twentieth century. His current major research project is a transnational and comparative study of German and Italian culture after World War II.
Benda, Julien The Treason of the Intellectual, trans. Woods trans. New York: Vintage. Hamburg: Albrecht Knaus Verlag. Berkeley: University of California Press. Fischer Verlag. Morris ed. New York: Fredrick Ungar Publishing. This article has been published in the second issue of Remembrance and Solidarity Studies dedicated to the European memory of the First World War. De kik is voltak azok a kraxelhuberek? Kiss Gy. Potem, w latach Czy chodzi o inne Vernichtungslagern? Kobiety w Ravensbrueck. W okolicach Prawie tyle, co Francja lub Izrael.
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Any human memory is the memory of some subject — individual or collective. In the latter case it is preserved in two forms: in memory of individuals charged with duty to preserve and pass it on, and in objects and space — what will be discussed later. Depositories of collective memory usually are passing it on to the other members of their community during the process of initiation and make them up-to-date again during periodically repeated rituals. In modern societies family upbringing and school education completed with other forms of preparation to independent life is a counterpart to initiation while national and church holidays and anniversary celebrations are equivalents of periodical rituals.
Collective memory builds upon memories of individuals and feeds it back: it gathers them within common frames, imposes on them - although to a limited extent - common criteria, and instills some common content. The memories of individuals are condition sine qua non of mere lasting of collective memory. If these individuals were stricken with amnesia or killed with plague all that was left after this collective memory would be mute objects and empty places.
Any spontaneous human memory, be it collective or individual, is event-related, qualitative, evaluating, selective and egocentric. It is particularly recording things that its subject perceives as striking, different from the background, out of routine, amazing, unexpected — simply the events. The memory selects these events and establishes their hierarchy in relation to their importance for the subject and preserves them in a form experienced by this subject together with atmosphere of sentiments felt at the time these events were perceived for the first time.
The three inseparable dimensions of memory intertwine here; in order to single them out we have to carry out an analysis. There is a cognitive dimension since it claims to reproduce faithfully past events, its participants and circumstances — to communicate truthfully about what happened long time ago. There is an emotional dimension because reproduction of the past events refreshes feelings that accompanied these events and in favorable circumstances it may even bring about the state of mind once experienced when these events occurred.
These three dimensions of memory refer to the past, the present and the future, respectively. It is the past since memory informs about something that once was perceived or experienced but now cannot take its original form. It is the present because feelings it evokes are experienced now during the process of remembering the past events. And eventually it is the future since the identity it allows us to become aware of is not only something already given but also a project, openness to still new situations and changes while not breaking continuity with the present and past ourselves.
What constitutes and distinguishes memory as memory, even though it contains both experiences and anticipations, is ability to hold and preserve what happened and passed and to restore it for our awareness. Because of that the cognitive dimension of memory plays basic role both in mental life of individuals and in culture of societies. Memory is particularly closely related to physical, social, semiotic and mental space. It applies to even greater extent to collective memory which is preserved not only by individuals but also in objectified form by institutions that are depositories of this memory because they were established to serve this purpose - museums, libraries, archives, services for preservation of historical monuments, anniversary celebration committees or because it is a part of their proper activities.
Mass media, churches, local authorities, educational and cultural institutions, army, political parties, associations, international organizations depending on their interests and competences supervise cemeteries, finance archeological excavations, restoration of art objects, historical and ethnographic research, decide about street names, names of military units, ships, schools and universities, about monuments and memorial plaques, preservation or demolishing of old buildings, about personalities and events worthy to be included in textbooks, popularized in radio programs, shows and publications, to be mentioned in calendars or be commemorated with celebrations of local, national, European or universal scale.
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All these institutions are dealing with the reified or sometimes personified collective memory that is embedded into space that is at the same time physical, social and semiotic. The memory is filling this space with additional meanings and introduces references to the past, it makes the past visible, accessible for sight, allows to recall it and make it present. This space is also the space of memory and because of that, but not only, it is a field of activity of politicians who have to refer to the remembered past and an object of work of the historians, who have to look critically at layers of meanings it acquired with time if they want to know the past.
Both the social space and the space of memory are not homogenous. They contain places evoking associations with the past only in local families or communities. And there are also associations which due to long-term and effective efforts of competent institutions are strongly imbued with memories that are common for large professional or territorial groups, social classes, whole nations, followers of some religions or ideologies what does not mean that they are known to every member of such a group but it means that they are shared by majority of the members of a group, in particular by those who - according to its members - are representing such a community.
These memories are cultivated and instilled into individuals in many different ways; they are preserved in objects and updated through rituals. The places of their concentrations are principally environs where supposedly something happened some time ago or dates, when something important for the community — in its opinion — took place or sites where are manmade or natural objects that were and are arising collective emotions or are considered to be symbols of bond with former generations or relics of personalities or remnants of events preserved in oral tradition, in images, writings, attitudes and considered to be constitutive for identity of a group, class, nation or supranational religious or ideological congregations.
Here belong also carriers of meanings, which were for a long time and still are subject of fierce devotion or disputes and because of that they became a part of popular awareness.
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Exactly such material and imagined places with special concentration of collective memories are called the sites of memory. Each place of remembrance has its own history. Each is characterized by the fact that through decades or centuries it was grown over with beliefs and customs, that it was talked and written about, that its image was copied, that visual contacts with it were established in various ways depending on its form, that its fate was a matter of public concern and exchange of opinion, that some were protecting it while the others wanted to destroy it.
Procedures that endowed a given place with meanings and gave it after some time the reputation of place a of remembrance were sometimes undertaken deliberately in order to reach precisely such effect, like when authorities resorted to such steps as a part of policy aimed at their legitimization: inclusion into series of personalities and institutions since long ago regarded by competent opinion as worthy to reproduce or follow.
Nevertheless such steps were mostly taken spontaneously; it happened so just because in these and not in the other places were concentrated emotions and memories originally cultivated by individuals, families and small groups and later gradually adopted by wider circles in order to become public property and even sometimes to obtain official consecration. Principally these unofficial steps proved to be more effective then deliberate actions of the authorities.
It seems like the place of remembrance established by order of superior authorities never remained live much longer after those who ordered it lost their power. On the other hand there are numerous sites of memory that were established and maintained without support of the authorities or even against their will.
Memory can be more resistant to external influences than one may expect. It is reflected by protection of these sites by competent institutions and, more importantly, by faith instilled in individuals, sometimes only by family upbringing but also by system of education, media, churches, associations and institutions according to which the sites of memory establish continuation of society as a collective subject because by the fact of recalling its past they oblige the society to transfer them into the future.
This faith causes that sites of memory became carriers of collective identity, not the only ones, but especially important for the society for which they are identity marks. Hence the exceptional sensitivity attributed to these places of memory which, as a result of wars, transfer of people or changes of borders, fell under authority of another state.
It certainly is not an exhaustive list but it gives some idea about complexity of the discussed here phenomena and leads to conclusion that the topography of collective memory changes in time as result of change of factors that are shaping it. Accordingly the present sites of memory may lose their importance while the significance of the others will grow. Above all the topography of collective memory changes with the subject of memory. It is different for each group and association and in particular for each European nation and within individual nations - for each social category of which these nations consist.