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Holocaust AngstThe Federal Republic of Germany and American Holocaust Memory since the 1970s$
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Jacob S. Eder

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190237820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190237820.001.0001

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Politicians and Professors

Politicians and Professors

The Politics of German History in the American Academy from the 1970s to 1990

(p.130) 4 Politicians and Professors
Holocaust Angst

Jacob S. Eder

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines efforts by the West German government to shape the research agenda of American scholars of Germany, as well as the teaching of German history in the United States. Kohl, who considered it a central goal of his government to furnish Germans with a positive narrative about their country’s history, closely collaborated with scholars who shared such views. To conservatives, history and historical scholarship were supposed to affirm the Federal Republic as a nation-state, strengthen its inner coherence, and improve its reputation abroad. In order to achieve and promote these goals in the United States, the Federal Republic attempted to establish effective bases within the American academic community, such as the German Historical Institute in Washington and Centers of Excellence for German studies at American elite universities, namely Harvard, Berkeley, and Georgetown.

Keywords:   history, universities, scholarship, German Historical Institute, Berkeley, Harvard, Georgetown, Werner Weidenfeld, Michael Stürmer

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