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Modern Germany in Transatlantic Perspective
Edited by Michael Meng and Adam R. Seipp
320 pages, 3 tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-704-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2017)
eISBN 978-1-78533-705-5 eBook
“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: History: 20th Century to Present
Introduction: From Ruination to Renewal: Konrad Jarausch’s Europe
Michael Meng and Adam Seipp
PART I: THEORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY QUESTIONS
Chapter 1. History and Theory: Writing Modern European Histories after the Linguistic Turn
Thomas Pegelow Kaplan
Chapter 2. Paths Forward: In Defense of the History of Disciplines
Chapter 3. Contextualizing the Holocaust: Modernization, Modernity, Colonialism, and Genocide
Christopher R. Browning
PART II: MEMORY, PROFESSIONALIZATION, AND PROFESSIONS
Chapter 4. Gender and Academic Culture: Women in the Historical Profession in Germany and the United States Since 1945
Karen Hagemann and Sarah Summers
Chapter 5. Forms, Strategies, and Narratives of Professionalization in Western and Eastern Europe: Autonomous Profession versus Heteronomous Professional Service Class?
Chapter 6. A Myth of Unity: German Unification as a Challenge in Contemporary History
Translated by Jane Rafferty
PART III: NARRATIVES OF GERMAN HISTORY
Chapter 7. A “Shattered” Religious Past: Rethinking the Master Narratives of Twentieth-Century German Christianity
Benjamin Pearson and Michael E. O’Sullivan
Chapter 8. Central, Not Subsidiary: Migration as a Master Narrative in Modern German History
Sarah Thomsen Vierra
Chapter 9. Protest and Participation: The Transformation of Democratic Praxis in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1968 – 1983
PART IV: FAMILY HISTORIES
Chapter 10. Die Bratus: Sketch for a Minor German History
Chapter 11. On Losing One’s Children Twice: An Intimate Vergangenheitsbewältigung
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