The Palgrave Handbook of State-Sponsored History After 1945

  • Berber Bevernage
  • Nico Wouters

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Berber Bevernage, Nico Wouters
    Pages 1-36
  3. Memory Laws and Legislated History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Pierre-Olivier de Broux, Dorothea Staes
      Pages 101-119
    3. Tomas Balkelis, Violeta Davoliūtė
      Pages 121-136
  4. Archives and Libraries

  5. Research Institutes and Policies

  6. Schools, Curricula and Textbooks

  7. Museums and Musealisation

  8. Memorials, Monuments and Heritage

  9. Courts, Tribunals and Judicial History

  10. Truth Commissions and Commissioned History

  11. Historical Expert Commissions and Commissioned History

About this book


This handbook provides the first systematic integrated analysis of the role that states or state actors play in the construction of history and public memory after 1945. The book focuses on many different forms of state-sponsored history, including memory laws, monuments and memorials, state-archives, science policies, history in schools, truth commissions, historical expert commissions, the use of history in courts and tribunals etc. The handbook contributes to the study of history and public memory by combining elements of state-focused research in separate fields of study. By looking at the state’s memorialising capacities the book introduces an analytical perspective that is not often found in classical studies of the state. The handbook has a broad geographical focus and analyses cases from different regions around the world. The volume mainly tackles democratic contexts, although dictatorial regimes are not excluded.   


State Sponsored History Propaganda Postwar History Post-1945 Government History Historian's Free Expression French Memory Laws Post-Communist Lithuania European Court of Human Rights Archives Tadhana Project Institute of National Remembrance in Poland History museums

Editors and affiliations

  • Berber Bevernage
    • 1
  • Nico Wouters
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.CEGESOMA (Belgian State Archives)BrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-95305-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-95306-6
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