Comparative and Transnational History: Central European Approaches and New Perspectives

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Heinz-Gerhard Haupt, Jürgen Kocka
Berghahn Books, 2012 - History - 312 pages

Since the 1970s West German historiography has been one of the main arenas of international comparative history. It has produced important empirical studies particularly in social history as well as methodological and theoretical reflections on comparative history. During the last twenty years however, this approach has felt pressure from two sources: cultural historical approaches, which stress microhistory and the construction of cultural transfer on the one hand, global history and transnational approaches with emphasis on connected history on the other. This volume introduces the reader to some of the major methodological debates and to recent empirical research of German historians, who do comparative and transnational work.

 

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Contents

Comparison and Beyond
1
Between Comparison and Transfers and What Now?
33
A Transnational History of Society
39
Double Marginalization
52
Entangled Histories of Uneven Modernities
77
Lost in Translation?
105
The Nation as a Developing Resource Community
133
Birds of a Feather
149
Visions of the Future
178
Comparisons Cultural Transfers and the Study of Networks
204
Germany and Africa in the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
226
Losing National Identity or Gaining Transcultural Competence
247
Notes on Contributors
272
Select Bibliography
276
Index
291
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Jürgen Kocka is currently Professor for the History of the Industrial World at the Free University of Berlin, Research Professor at the Social Science Research Center Berlin and, regularly, a Visiting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles. Between 1973 and 1988 he taught in the University of Bielefeld. He has published widely in the field of modern history of Europe. His publications in the English language include Facing Total War. German Society 1914-1918 (Berg, 1984) and Industrial Culture and Bourgeois Society. Business, Labor, and Bureaucracy in Modern Germany (Berghahn, 1999).

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