British and German Historiography, 1750-1950: Traditions, Perceptions, and Transfers

Hardcover | March 15, 2000

EditorBenedikt Stuchtey, Peter Wende

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This volume compares British and German historiography from the Enlightenment to the middle of the twentieth century. It examines the scope and impact of transfers, the potential of mutual perceptions, and the power and influence of national traditions. The book documents the intensecompetition between the British and the German scholarly communities, and also shows how, while it was not always easy to build bridges, they also profited from each other's work. Historians such as Ferguson, Gibbon, Niebuhr, Macaulay, Ranke, Stubbs, and Acton play a central role, as dophilosophical concepts such as historicism, positivism, and evolutionism. The comparison between the two historiographical cultures, and the investigation into the success or failure of transfers, especially in the age of imperialism and during the First World War, open up new perspectives both foran assessment of the intellectual relationship between the two countries and for an evaluation of the achievements of each historical tradition.

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This volume compares British and German historiography from the Enlightenment to the middle of the twentieth century. It examines the scope and impact of transfers, the potential of mutual perceptions, and the power and influence of national traditions. The book documents the intensecompetition between the British and the German schola...

Benedikt Stuchtey is at The German Historical Institute, London. Peter Wende is at The German Historical Institute, London.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199202354

ISBN - 13:9780199202355

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Table of Contents

Benedikt Stuchtey and Peter Wende: IntroductionUlrich Muhlack: Universal History and National History: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century German Historians and the Scholarly CommunityFania Oz-Salzberger: Adam Ferguson's Histories in Germany: English Liberty, Scottish Vigour, and German RigourWilfried Nippel: Gibbon and German HistoriographyNorman Vance: Niebuhr in England: History, Faith, and OrderJames Campbell: Stubbs, Maitland, and Constitutional HistoryPatrick Bahners: 'A place among the English Classics': Ranke's History of the Popes and its British ReadersHugh Tulloch: Lord Acton and German HistoriographyPeter Wende: Views and Reviews: Mutual Perceptions of British and German Historians in the Late Nineteenth CenturyGangolf Hubinger: Historicism and the 'Noble Science of Politics' in Nineteenth-Century GermanyKeith Tribe: The Historicization of Political Economy?Eckhardt Fuchs: English Positivism and German Historicism: The Reception of 'Scientific History' in GermanyJohn Burrow: Historicism and Social EvolutionJurgen Osterhammel: 'Peoples without History' in British and German Historical ThoughtBenedikt Stuchtey: 'Westward the course of empire takes its way: Imperialism and the Frontier in British and German Historical Writing around 1900Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann: The Role of British and German Historians in Mobilizing Public Opinion in 1914Reba N. Soffer: British Conservative Historiography and the Second World WarPeter Burke: The Web and the Seams: Historiography in an Age of Specialization and GlobalizationSelect BibliographyNotes on ContributorsIndex

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`The result is a pioneering volume on Anglo-German historiographical exchanges which focuses predominantly on academic history writing in the long nineteenth century ...The remaining fifteen offer often fascinating glimpses into the intricate complexities of intellectual transfers.'Stefen Berger, University of Glamorgan. d