Popular presentations of history have recently been discovered as a new field of research, and even though interest in it has been growing noticeably very little has been published on this topic. This volume is one of the first to open up this new area of historical research, introducing some of the work that has emerged in Germany over the past few years. While mainly focusing on Germany (though not exclusively), the authors analyze different forms of popular historiographies and popular presentations of history since 1800 and the interrelation between popular and academic historiography, exploring in particular popular histories in different media and popular historiography as part of memory culture.
About the Author
Sylvia Paletschek has been Professor in Modern History at the University of Freiburg (Germany) since 2001 and was Visiting Fellow at St. Antony’s College at Oxford University in 2006–2007. Her research interests include women’s and gender history, history of universities, memory culture, and history of historiography. Her publications include Women’s Emancipation Movements in the 19th Century: A European Perspective (with Bianka Pietrow-Ennker, Stanford University Press, 2004) and The Gender of Memory. Cultures of Remembrance in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Europe , (with Sylvia Schraut, Campus/Chicago University Press, 2008).
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Introduction: Why Analyse Popular Historiographies?
Part I: Popular and Academic Historiographies in the 19th Century
Chapter 1. Questioning the Canon: Popular Historiography by Women in Britain and Germany (1750–1850)
Chapter 2. Popular Presentations of History in the 19th Century: The Example of Die Gartenlaube
Chapter 3. Understanding the World around 1900: Popular Universal Histories in Germany
Part II: Popular Presentations of History in Different Medias in the 20th Century
Chapter 4. History for Readers: Popular Historiography 20th Century Germany
Chapter 5. Between Political Coercion and Popular Expectations: Contemporary History in the Radio of the German Democratic Republic
Chapter 6. Moving History: Fictional Films and the Nazi Past in Germany since the late 1970s
Part III: Memory Culture and Popular Historiographies: Case Studies
Chapter 7. Memory History and the Standardization of History
Chapter 8. The Second World War in the Popular Culture of Memory in Norway
Chapter 9. Sissi: Popular Representations of an Empress
Chapter 10. Scientists as Heroes? Einstein, Curie, and the Popular Historiography of Science
Chapter 11. ‘Das Wunder von Bern’. The Football World Cup 1954, the German Nation and Popular Histories
Notes on Contributors