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Modern Germany in Transatlantic Perspective

Edited by Michael Meng and Adam R. Seipp

294 pages, 3 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-704-8 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2017)

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“The studies in this volume are a testament to the depth and breadth of Konrad Jarausch’s contributions to the field. Their quality and diversity provide an excellent window into the field of contemporary German and European history, as well as the history of the Holocaust, over the past three or four decades.” · Eric Kurlander, Stetson University

Bringing together incisive contributions from an international group of colleagues and former students, Modern Germany in Transatlantic Perspective takes stock of the field of German history as exemplified by the extraordinary scholarly career of Konrad H. Jarausch. Through fascinating reflections on the discipline’s theoretical, professional, and methodological dimensions, it explores Jarausch’s monumental work as a teacher and a builder of scholarly institutions. In this way, it provides not merely a look back at the last fifty years of German history, but a path forward as new ideas and methods infuse the study of Germany’s past.

Michael Meng is an Associate Professor of History at Clemson University. He is the author of Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland

Adam R. Seipp is a Professor of History at Texas A&M University and author of Strangers in the Wild Place: Refugees, Americans, and a German Town, 1945-1952.

Subject: 20th Century History WWII History Postwar History
Area: Germany

BISAC: HIS014000 HISTORY/Europe/Germany; HIS037070 HISTORY/Modern/20th Century; HIS016000 HISTORY/Historiography

BIC: HBAH Historiography; HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000


List of Tables

Chapter 1. From Ruination to Renewal: Konrad Jarausch’s Europe
Michael Meng and Adam Seipp


Chapter 2. History and Theory: Writing Modern European Histories after the Linguistic Turn
Thomas Pegelow Kaplan

Chapter 3. Paths Forward: In Defense of the History of Disciplines
Laurence Hare

Chapter 4. Contextualizing the Holocaust: Modernization, Modernity, Colonialism and Genocide
Christopher R. Browning


Chapter 5. Gender and Academic Culture: Women in the Historical Profession in Germany and the United States Since 1945
Karen Hagemann and Sarah Summers

Chapter 6. Forms, Strategies, and Narratives of Professionalization in Western and Eastern Europe: Autonomous Profession versus Heteronomous Professional Service Class?
Hannes Siegrist

Chapter 7. A Myth of Unity: German Unification as a Challenge in Contemporary History
Martin Sabrow


Chapter 8. A “Shattered” Religious Past: Rethinking the Master Narratives of Twentieth-Century German Christianity
Michael O’Sullivan and Benjamin Pearson

Chapter 9. Central, Not Subsidiary: Migration as a Master Narrative in Modern German History
Sarah Thomsen Vierra

Chapter 10. Protest and Participation: The Transformation of Democratic Praxis in the FRG, 1968 – 1983
Stephen Milder


Chapter 11. Die Bratus: Sketch for A Minor German History
Michael Geyer

Chapter 12. On Losing One’s Children Twice: An Intimate Vergangenheitsbewältigung
Elizabeth Heineman


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