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Writing National Histories : Western Europe Since 1800 - Stefan Berger

Writing National Histories

Western Europe Since 1800

By: Stefan Berger (Editor), Mark S. Donovan (Editor), Kevin Passmore (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd December 1998
ISBN: 9780415164276
Number Of Pages: 336

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This book examines comparatively how the writing of history by individuals and groups, historians, politicians and journalists has been used to legitimate the nation-state agianst socialist, communist and catholic internationalism in the modern era. Covering the whole of Western Europe, the book includes discussion of:
* history as legitimation in post-revolutionary France
* unity and confederation in the Italian Risorgimento
* German historians as critics of Prussian conservatism
* right-wing history writing in France between the wars
* British historiography from Macauley to Trevelyan
* the search for national identity in the reunified Germany.

Notes on contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Comparative perspectivesp. 1
Apologias for the nation-state in Western Europe since 1800p. 3
Nationalism and historiography, 1789-1996: the German example in historical perspectivep. 15
Literature, liberty and life of the nation: British historiography from Macaulay to Trevelyanp. 30
The age of bourgeois revolutionp. 47
History as a principle of legitimation in France (1820-48)p. 49
National unification and narrative unity: the case of Ranke's German Historyp. 57
Unity and confederation in the Italian Risorgimento: the case of Carlo Cattaneop. 69
The age of the massesp. 83
Taine and the nation-statep. 85
'Prussians in a good sense': German historians as critics of Prussian conservatism, 1890-1920p. 97
The search for a 'national' history: Italian historiographical trends following unificationp. 111
Liberal democracy and antifascism (1918-45)p. 123
Marc Bloch as a critic of historiographical nationalism in the interwar yearsp. 125
From antifascist to Volkshistoriker: demos and ethnos in the political thought of Fritz Rorig, 1921-45p. 137
Reclaiming Italy? Antifascist historians and history in Justice and Libertyp. 150
Fascist historiography and the nation-statep. 161
Right-wing historiographical models in France, 1918-45p. 163
German historiography under National Socialism: dreams of a powerful nation-state and German Volkstum come truep. 176
Gioacchino Volpe and fascist historiography in Italyp. 189
The Cold War yearsp. 203
Rebuilding France: Gaullist historiography, the rise--fall myth and French identity (1945-58)p. 205
Dividing the past, defining the present: historians and national identity in the two Germaniesp. 217
A neglected question: Historians and the Italian national state (1945-95)p. 230
Contemporary trendsp. 237
Historians and the nation in contemporary Francep. 239
Historians and the search for national identity in the reunified Germanyp. 252
Historians and the 'First Republic'p. 265
Conclusionp. 279
Historians and the nation-state: some conclusionsp. 281
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780415164276
ISBN-10: 0415164273
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd December 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1

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