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The Changes of the Meta Narrative in German Historiography

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2005, (54), pp.45-72
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities

Mun, Soo-Hyun 1

1고려대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this article is to survey the changes of German historiography after the World War II and to reflect upon the relationship between the representation of the German past in historiography and the social and political culture. The survey of this article clearly shows that the changes of the dominant version of presenting German development were closely related with the dominant tendency of political culture: The cold war system not only strengthened the Marxist interpretation in East Germany, but also facilitated the continuation of the Nationalist version of German historiography in West Germany. The predominance of the Critical History of Society in the 1960s, 70s in West Germany can be engendered by the reform phase of the German politics at that time, just as the predicament of the social history and the methodological shifts toward the postmodernism were coincided with the political reunification and the strengthening of the European Union.

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