Paths of Continuity: Central European Historiography from the 1930s to the 1950s

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Paths of Continuity examines the impact of the Third Reich on the German historical profession before and after 1945. The essays look at ten prominent historians whose lives and work spanned the period from the 1930s to the 1960s. Their response to the Nazi regime ranged from open resistance to willing collaboration. Ironically, however, much of the impetus for scholarly innovation after 1945 came from historians with earlier ties to the antiliberal "folk history" of the Nazi era. All in all, this insightful collection of essays provides fresh insight into the development of West German historical scholarship since 1945.
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"The of a very high quality, meticulously documented, and argued with great sophistication." H-Net Book Review

"Judged as a whole this is a truly splendid volume, carefully edited, intelligently constructed, and offering challenging arguments that open up new and hitherto neglected stands of continuity and discontinuity in German historiography." Hermann Beck, German Studies Review

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Preface; Introduction: Continuities in German historical scholarship, 1933–1960 James Van Horn Melton; 1. German historiographies from the 1930s to the 1950s Winfried Schulze; 2. Friedrich Meinecke (1862–1954) Jonathan B. Knudsen; 3. Gerhard Ritter (1923–1950) Klaus Schwabe; 4. Hans Rothfels (1891–1976) Van Klemperer; 5. Franz Schnabel (1887–1966) Lothar Gall; 6. Heinrich Ritter von Srbik (1878–1951) Fritz Fellner; 7. Hans Freyer Jerry Muller; 8. Hermann Aubin (1885–1969) Marc Raeff; 9. Otto Brunner (1898–1982) James Van Horn Melton; 10. Werner Conze (1910–1986) Irmline Veit-Brause; 11. Theodor Schieder (1908–1984) Jörn Rüsen.
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