Transnational Challenges to National History Writing

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  • Copyright: 2013-01-01
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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A five-year-long cooperation between historians from all over Europe, this collection offers the first in-depth analysis of the various ways to write and to conceptualise history beyond the nation-state-container. Examples discussed range from world and global history to regional, imperial and European frames for the understanding of history. Authors combine comparative approaches with those analysing entanglements between the historiographies in various European countries. The volume argues that there is an pre-history, that is, a longer tradition of the transnationalization of historical culture and historical science. It seeks to substantiate the claim that history writing reflected the globality of its time as much as followed the nationalization of the societies in which it was produced.

Author Biography

MATTHIAS MIDDELL is Professor of Global History at the Global and European Studies Institute of the University of Leipzig. He is editor of Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung (since 1991) and since 2010 he serves as president of the Network of Organizations in Global and World History, an affiliate member organization of the Comité International des Sciences Historiques.

LLUIS ROURA I AULINAS is Professor of Modern History at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His research focuses on the social and political European History in the age of the Enlightenment, on the impact of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, and on the Spanish and Catalan history and historiography.

Table of Contents

Note on the Contributors
The Various Forms of Transcending the Horizon of National History Writing; M.Middell & L. Roura Aulinas
Comparison and Transfer. A Question of Method; M.Espagne
The Writing of World History in Europe from the Middle of the Nineteenth Century to the Present: Conceptual Renewal and Challenge to National Histories; M.Middell & K.Naumann
Area Studies and the Writing of Non-European History in Europe; A.Eckert
Imperial History; A.Friedrichs & M.Mesenhöller
Colonisation, Decolonisation, and Imperial Historiography of the Iberian Peninsula; L. Roura Aulinas
A la recherché d'histoire imperial. Histories of Russia from the Nineteenth-Century to the Early Twenty-First Century; M.Aust
Regional History as a 'Challenge' to National Frameworks of Historiography. The Case of Central, Southeast, and Northern Europe; D.Mishkova, B.Stråth & B.Trencsényi
The Canon of European History and the Conceptual Framework of National Historiographies; A.Liakos
The French Revolution and its Historiographies; J-C.Martin
Historians in the Storm. Emigré Historiography in the 20th Century; E.Tortarolo
How Regional, National, and Transnational History have (not) been written in Belgium. Reflections within a European Perspective; G.Warland & M.Van Ginderachter
A New Challenge to the Writing of History in Europe at the End of the Twentieth Century?; M.Middell & K.Naumann
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