Writing National Histories: Western Europe Since 1800 / Edition 1

Writing National Histories: Western Europe Since 1800 / Edition 1

by Stefan Berger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415164273

ISBN-13: 9780415164276

Pub. Date: 01/07/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415164276
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/07/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
Pt. IComparative perspectives1
1Apologias for the nation-state in Western Europe since 18003
2Nationalism and historiography, 1789-1996: the German example in historical perspective15
3Literature, liberty and life of the nation: British historiography from Macaulay to Trevelyan30
Pt. IIThe age of bourgeois revolution47
4History as a principle of legitimation in France (1820-48)49
5National unification and narrative unity: the case of Ranke's German History57
6Unity and confederation in the Italian Risorgimento: the case of Carlo Cattaneo69
Pt. IIIThe age of the masses83
7Taine and the nation-state85
8'Prussians in a good sense': German historians as critics of Prussian conservatism, 1890-192097
9The search for a 'national' history: Italian historiographical trends following unification111
Pt. IVLiberal democracy and antifascism (1918-45)123
10Marc Bloch as a critic of historiographical nationalism in the interwar years125
11From antifascist to Volkshistoriker: demos and ethnos in the political thought of Fritz Rorig, 1921-45137
12Reclaiming Italy? Antifascist historians and history in Justice and Liberty150
Pt. VFascist historiography and the nation-state161
13Right-wing historiographical models in France, 1918-45163
14German historiography under National Socialism: dreams of a powerful nation-state and German Volkstum come true176
15Gioacchino Volpe and fascist historiography in Italy189
Pt. VIThe Cold War years203
16Rebuilding France: Gaullist historiography, the rise-fall myth and French identity (1945-58)205
17Dividing the past, defining the present: historians and national identity in the two Germanies217
18A neglected question: Historians and the Italian national state (1945-95)230
Pt. VIIContemporary trends237
19Historians and the nation in contemporary France239
20Historians and the search for national identity in the reunified Germany252
21Historians and the 'First Republic'265
Pt. VIIIConclusion279
22Historians and the nation-state: some conclusions281
Index305

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