It was through my overseas travels as an undergraduate that I became interested in historical memory, and especially the presence of politically contested historical legacies. What fascinates me most of all is the intersection between political legitimation, historical narrative and historical memory. Historical memory has long been a key tool of regimes in legitimising their rule. But what regimes claim to be the inheritors of, and what they explicitly reject from their history, must in some sense be conditioned by existing public memories. My PhD project will focus on the afterlife of Prussia in post-war Germany. In particular, I am interested in how the idea or legacy of this terminated state informed historical self-perceptions in both the Federal Republic (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), and how these perceptions changed over time. But above all, I am looking at the extent to which such changes in historical self-perception were related to targeted historical management practices. By this is meant practices of memorialisation and education, and the treatment of historical buildings and artefacts.