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The Invention of Contemporary History

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/9780520259447.003.0005
The Invention of Contemporary History

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The establishment of contemporary history is thus examined as a specific response to the political challenge posed by the need to come to terms with the fascist past in the postwar years. The term contemporary history and the praxis of contemporary historical research and teaching have been established in Germany only after 1945. It is based on the view that a new era in world history first began to reveal itself in the years 1917–1918. Only with the peculiarly synchronized double event, the entry of the United States into the war and the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, did the new constellation become genuinely universal.

Keywords: history; contemporary; Germany; Japan; research

Chapter.  20666 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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