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The Oxford History of Historical WritingVolume 4: 1800-1945$
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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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German Historical Writing

German Historical Writing

(p.161) Chapter 8 German Historical Writing
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Benedikt Stuchtey

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at narratives on German history after the Napoleonic Wars. These were less concerned with the Enlightenment positioning of Europe in the history of the world than with the introspective repositioning of Germany over the national histories of other European countries. The chapter also discusses the origin of German historiography between 1800 and 1945. It states that this pointed to the emergence of the ‘West’, a triumphalist view that was maintained beyond World War I and reflected the conviction that Germany played an essential role in the superiority of the Western nations. The manifest superiority of the ‘West’ in economic, military, and geopolitical terms presumed an abstract, constructed superiority in history.

Keywords:   German historiography, Napoleonic Wars, Enlightenment, Europe, West, Western nations, national histories

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