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Historical Concepts Between Eastern and Western Europe
Volume 1

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Historical Concepts Between Eastern and Western Europe

Edited by Manfred Hildermeier

132 pages, bibliog.,

ISBN  978-1-84545-273-5 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2007)

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“…a useful guide both to the paths that the German historical profession has taken in the last decade or so and to the ways in which one might think about the social, cultural, and political history of modern Europe.” • Journal of Contemporary History

“There is no doubt that this collection of essays will provide historians with important stimuli for bridging the gap between the historiographies of eastern and western Europe. Of paramount importance is the authors’ emphasis on historiography own contribution to the construction of the long-existing and powerful distinctions in European geographic and historical imaginations.” • Slavic Review


More than a decade after the breakdown of the Soviet Empire and the reunification of Europe historiographies and historical concepts still are very much apart. Though contacts became closer and Russian historians joined their Polish colleagues in the effort to take up western discussions and methodologies, there have been no common efforts yet for joint interpretations and no attempts to reach a common understanding of central notions and concepts. Exploring key concepts and different meanings in Western and East-European/Russian history, this volume offers an important contribution to such a comparative venture.

Manfred Hildermeier is Professor of East European History at the University of Göttingen; he was Fellow of the Historische Kolleg in Munich and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and Chairman of the Association of German Historians (2000-2004); his writings on Russian and Soviet history include Die Russische Revolution 1905-1920 (1989), Geschichte der Sowjetunion 1917-1991: Aufstieg und Niedergang des ersten sozialistischen Staates (1998), Die Sowjetunion 1917-1991 (2001), Die Russische Revolution (2004) and the edited volumes Stalinismus vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg: Neue Wege der Forschung (1998) and Europäische Zivilgesellschaft in Ost und West: Begriff, Geschichte, Chancen (2000).

Subject: History (General)
Area: Central/Eastern Europe Europe Germany


Editorial Preface
Jane Caplan, Timothy Garton Ash, Jürgen Kocka, Gerhard Ritter, Margit Szöllösi-Janze

Manfred Hildermeier

Chapter 1. National Socialist and Stalinist Rule: The Possibilities and Limits of Comparison
Ulrich Herbert

Chapter 2. Burgher and Town: Typological Differences and Functional Equivalents
Manfred Hildermeier

Chapter 3. Republicanism versus Monarchy? Government by Estates in Poland-Lithuania and the Holy Roman Empire, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries
Michael G. Müller

Chapter 4. The Impact of Religion on the Revolutions in France (1789) and Russia (1905/17)
Martin Schulze Wessel

Chapter 5. Dictatorships of Unambiguity: Cultural Transfer from Europe to Russia and the Soviet Union, 1861–1953
Jörg Baberowski

Chapter 6. Europe and the Culture of Borders: Rethinking Borders after 1989
Karl Schlögel

Chapter 7. Civil Society in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Comparison and Beyond
Jürgen Kocka

Notes on Contributors

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