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THE STATE OF GERMAN HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE POSTWAR ERA THROUGH THE EYES OF WESTERN EUROPE
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This review article summarizes a discussion on the state of German historiography in the post-war period, which took place in 2010 on the platform for the Foundation of German Humanities Institutes Abroad (DGIA) with the participation of eminent German and Western European historians. The discussion focused upon the following areas: ‘chronology and ceasuras’, ‘generations and their memory’, ‘the primacy of politics versus the primacy of society’, and European context of German post-war history. It primarily thematizes the transition from German-European historical milestones to world-wide ceasuras; the question of the role of the German ‘obsession with Nazism’ and the influence of the 1968 generation upon the concept of post-war history; the contradiction between a huge international interest in the history of the GDR and indifference to the results of research dealing with the FRG; the unwillingness of German historians to accept the results of foreign researches of German post-war history as part of European history as a whole.
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