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The Origin of the Nation

Sebastian Conrad

in The Quest for the Lost Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780520259447
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520259447.003.0003
The Origin of the Nation

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The only exception in the German historians or observers during the postwar years in Germany was the debate on Bismarck's unification of the Reich which prompts the participation of a wide circle of historians and attracting a certain amount of attention among the general public. The Bismarck debate is especially well suited to an analysis of the West German historical profession and its various interpretive outlines. Meanwhile, Japanese historians became involved in a whole range of controversies in the early postwar period that aroused professional interest far beyond the close circle of specialists, and this includes the Meiji Restoration. Bismarck's union of the Reich and the Meiji Restoration did not become the centerpiece of German and Japanese history after 1945, but they had the title since the late nineteenth century.

Keywords: German; Japanese; history; Bismarck; Meiji Restoration; debate

Chapter.  20273 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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