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Competing national memories of World War II

Roediger, Henry L. ; Abel, Magdalena ; Umanath, Sharda ; Shaffer, Ruth A. ; Fairfield, Beth ; Takahashi, Masanobu ; Wertsch, James V.


We assessed the knowledge of 1,338 people from 11 countries (8 former Allied and 3 former Axis) about World War II. When asked what percentage their country contributed to the war effort, across Allied countries, estimates totaled 309%, and Axis nations' estimates came to 140%. People in 4 nations claimed more than 50% responsibility for their country (Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, and United ...


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