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Required Reading
Pierre Nora, "Between Memory and History," introduction to Realms of Memory: Rethinking the French Past, vol. 1 (originally published in French in 1984), pp. 1-12; this is also available in Jacques Revel and Lynn Hunt, eds., Histories: French Constructions of the Past (1995) and it appeared in Representations (spring 1989), pp. 7-25, which you can read in the library or on-line via JSTOR.

Paul Connerton, How Societies Remember (1989), especially chapter 3 ("Bodily Practices"); most of this is available on e-reserves.

Marian Hodgkin and Poppy Sebag-Montefiore, "The Rwanda Forum 2004," History Workshop Journal 60 (autumn 2005), 1-24.

Further Suggestions
Paul Connerton, How Modernity Forgets (2009).

Peter Fritzsche, "The Case of Modern Memory," Journal of Modern History 73 (March 2001), 87-117.

Didier Fassin, When Bodies Remember: Experience and Politics of AIDS in South Africa (2007).

Greg Grandin, "The Strange Case of 'La Mancha Negra': Maya-State Relations in Nineteenth-Century Guatemala," Hispanic American Historical Review 77:2 (1997).

Museum of the Great War (Peronne, Somme) Yinan He, “Remembering and Forgetting the War: Elite Mythmaking, Mass Reaction, and Sino-Japanese Relations, 1950-2006,” History and Memory 19:2 (fall 2007), 43-74.

Maurice Halbwachs, On Collective Memory (1925; trans. 1992).

Journal of American History (Dec. 1995) pp. 1029-1135, on-line. Collection of short articles on the controversy over a planned exhibition at the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.), which would have commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II and highlighted the horrible human losses that followed from dropping nuclear bombs on Japan. The exhibition was cancelled because of complaints from American veterans' groups. There are ten very short articles here; you might start with those by Thelen, Kohn, Linenthal, Harris, Dower.

Rudy Koshar, Germany's Transient Pasts: Preservation and National Memory in the Twentieth Century (1998).

Annette Kuhn, Family Secrets: Acts of Memory and Imagination (1995).American Memory (Library of Congress)

Catherine Merridale, Night of Stone: Death and Memory in Twentieth-Century Russia (2001).

Luisa Passerini, Fascism in Popular Memory: the Cultural Experience of the Turin Working Class (trans. 1987).

Henry Rousso, The Vichy Syndrome: History and Memory in France since 1944 (1991).

Steve J. Stern, Battling for Hearts and Minds: Memory Struggles in Pinochet's Chile, 1973-1988 (2006).

Richard Terdiman, Present Past: Modernity and the Memory Crisis (1993).

Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995).

Jay Winter, Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (1995).
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