This report seek to shed light on the subject of collective memory. More specific how did the cold war influence the Danish collective memories about communism in the period of 1961 – 1989. The reasoning behind the subject is to investigate how the Danish people’s sight on communism changed for the worse over the period of the cold war. In order to understand how the collective memory about communism have changed through time. We analyse three different newspapers ways of portraying four different episodes during the cold war. The four different episodes we are analysing are the construction of the Berlin wall, the beginning of the war in Vietnam through the increased engagement of USA military units in Vietnam, the singing of the peace negotiations at the end of the war in Vietnam and then lastly we have analysed the deconstruction of the Berlin wall. The three newspapers that we have selected are representing three different groups of collective memory based on the idea that each newspaper represent different individuals that are a part of a group. Each newspaper selected based on the political standpoints they represented. Aktuelt was a socialist-led newspaper. Berlingske Tidende is a conservative-led newspaper. Land og Folk was a communist-led newspaper. Reasoning behind having three different newspapers with different political standpoints was the fact that we expected to witness a different angel of the news they brought thus making our analysis more nuanced. After our analysis and discussion, we arrive at a conclusion that groups with different memories not alone can affect the society’s collective memory. The groups who are affection the society’s collective memory thus partly creating them is the group that is the most dominant. Through statistics about the amount of newspaper created and the amount of political influence each group have, we can see that the most dominant group is the one affecting the society’s collective memory the most thus making it the common history knowledge.
|Uddannelser||Historie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor|
|Udgivelsesdato||18 dec. 2016|
|Vejledere||Chris Holmsted Larsen|