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The Joint Polish—German Commission for the Revision of School Textbooks and Polish Views of German History

Michael G. Müller

in German History

Published on behalf of German History Society

Volume 22, issue 3, pages 433-447
Published in print July 2004 | ISSN: 0266-3554
Published online July 2004 | e-ISSN: 1477-089X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/0266355403gh317oa
The Joint Polish—German Commission for the Revision of School Textbooks and Polish Views of German History

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The Joint Polish–German Commission for the Revision of School Textbooks was set up in 1972, bringing together historians from Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany in view of reopening a scholarly dialogue after decades of almost complete noncommunication. Until the late 1980s, the commission played a prominent role as a forum for cross-national discussions on Polish-German Beziehungsgeschichte, and most of the leading Polish experts in German history participated in its proceedings. For the development of Polish historiography on Germany the work of the commission seems to have been relevant in at least two respects. The commission's regular conferences on controversial or methodologically complex issues of Polish-German Beziehungsgeschichte contributed, on the one hand, to defining a new agenda for Polish historiography on Germany. The interest in explicitly comparative approaches to German and Polish history increased, and the focus shifted from specifically ‘Polish interests’ in German history to more general issues. On the other hand, these conferences provided Polish historians with the opportunity to make their research more visible to German historians (even outside the field of specialised East Europeanists)—a fact that encouraged Polish historiography on Germany to pursue more ambitious tasks.

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Subjects: European History

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