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As an increasingly polarized America fights over the legacy of racism, Susan Neiman, author of the contemporary philosophical classic Evil in Modern Thought, asks what we can learn from the Germans about confronting the evils of the past In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, Susan Neiman's Learning from the Germans delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman is a white woman who came of age…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
As an increasingly polarized America fights over the legacy of racism, Susan Neiman, author of the contemporary philosophical classic Evil in Modern Thought, asks what we can learn from the Germans about confronting the evils of the past In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, Susan Neiman's Learning from the Germans delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman is a white woman who came of age in the civil rights-era South and a Jewish woman who has spent much of her adult life in Berlin. Working from this unique perspective, she combines philosophical reflection, personal stories, and interviews with both Americans and Germans who are grappling with the evils of their own national histories. Through discussions with Germans, including Jan Philipp Reemtsma, who created the breakthrough Crimes of the Wehrmacht exhibit, and Friedrich Schorlemmer, the East German dissident preacher, Neiman tells the story of the long and difficult path Germans faced in their effort to atone for the crimes of the Holocaust. In the United States, she interviews James Meredith about his battle for equality in Mississippi and Bryan Stevenson about his monument to the victims of lynching, as well as lesser-known social justice activists in the South, to provide a compelling picture of the work contemporary Americans are doing to confront our violent history. In clear and gripping prose, Neiman urges us to consider the nuanced forms that evil can assume, so that we can recognize and avoid them in the future.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Macmillan Us
  • Seitenzahl: 432
  • Erscheinungstermin: 27. August 2019
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 236mm x 156mm x 40mm
  • Gewicht: 672g
  • ISBN-13: 9780374184469
  • ISBN-10: 0374184461
  • Artikelnr.: 54152223
Autorenporträt
Susan Neiman
Inhaltsangabe
Prologue
PART ONE: GERMAN LESSONS
1. On the Use and Abuse of Historical Comparison
2. Sins of the Fathers
3. Cold War Memory
PART TWO: SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT
4. Everybody Knows About Mississippi
5. Lost Causes
6. Faces of Emmett Till
PART THREE: SETTING THINGS STRAIGHT
7. Monumental Recognition
8. Rights and Reparations
9. In Place of Conclusions
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index
Rezensionen
The history wars shape far more than how we remember the past. They shape the societies we bequeath to future generations. Susan Neiman's book is an important and welcome weapon in that battle The New York Times