Special Paths or Main Roads? Making Sense of German History

Peter Pulzer

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780197263037
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734007 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Special Paths or Main Roads? Making Sense of German History

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This lecture discusses the problems raised by the German special development, also termed as ‘Sonderentwicklung’. It considers all of the content of the debates in Germany over the last two-hundred years regarding the character of this alleged special development. It looks at the response to this debate outside of Germany, and concludes with a discussion on what these debates tell about the way people look at the histories of nations.

Keywords: German special development; Sonderentwicklung; German debates; histories of nations

Chapter.  9517 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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