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Wednesday 18 March 2020 16.30 - 18.30
E-4 THE03 Exile Historiographies
P.N. van Eyckhof 2, 005
Network: Theory Chair: Thomas Welskopp
Organizer: Stefan Berger Discussant: Berber Bevernage
Philipp Mueller : Concepualizing the Writing of History in Exile situations
The paper deals with conceptualizations of the writing of history in exile situations.

Philipp Stelzel : The Myth of the resentful Émigré and the Transatlantic Community of Historians
After World War II many Germans viewed German-Jewish émigrés’ perspectives on German history with suspicion, as they believed them to be clouded by “émigré resentment.” German historian Gerhard Ritter spoke for many of his colleagues when he wrote in 1949: “writings on the German problem by German émigrés in England ... (Show more)
After World War II many Germans viewed German-Jewish émigrés’ perspectives on German history with suspicion, as they believed them to be clouded by “émigré resentment.” German historian Gerhard Ritter spoke for many of his colleagues when he wrote in 1949: “writings on the German problem by German émigrés in England and the United States have often been confusing rather than enlightening. Where it rules without restraint, resentment is not a fertile soil for sober and objective history, and long-term alienation from Germany easily leads to a distorted view of reality.”
Yet in reality, those émigré historians, forced out of Germany by the Nazis and now teaching in the United States, adopted a diverse set of approaches to German history, which my paper will discuss. While the émigrés contributed and supported critical perspectives on the recent German past, they never became partisans of any of the West German historiographical camps that faced each other with considerable hostility. Ultimately, therefore, the second-generation émigrés helped shape a nuanced interpretation of modern German history (Show less)

Jo Tollebeek : The Émigré Historian's Autobiographical Writing
Peter Gay, Eric Hobsbawm, Georg G. Iggers: these are just a few examples of the émigré historians who have published an intimate autobiography, next to their very wide ranging historical work. They belonged to a generation that had seen the world, but which found a home in the civilization of ... (Show more)
Peter Gay, Eric Hobsbawm, Georg G. Iggers: these are just a few examples of the émigré historians who have published an intimate autobiography, next to their very wide ranging historical work. They belonged to a generation that had seen the world, but which found a home in the civilization of their youth. How then did both cosmopolitanism and nostalgia show itself in their work? (Show less)



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