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Historicism

Bildhauer, B, Goebel, S, Laube, S, Marchand, S and Swenson, A (2016) 'Historicism.' German History, 34 (4). pp. 646-671. ISSN 0266-3554

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Abstract

As the rebuilding of Berlin’s eighteenth-century Stadtschloss nears completion, German History turns its attention to the phenomenon of historicism: to the recreation of historical artefacts and practices (sometimes at astonishing expense). Historicism reached its high point in the nineteenth century, when individuals and communities turned to the medieval period to address some of the challenges of modernization. But the urge to revive extended back into the medieval period itself and continues into the twenty-first century. What motivated and what continues to motivate such recreations? As a theme, historicism provides an opportunity for fruitful dialogue between premodern and modern scholars. It also challenges us as historians to consider the value of revivals, whether produced by Berlin politicians, by Hollywood filmmakers or by medieval re-enactors. What happens — or what should happen — when academic scholarship encounters...

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Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 10:37
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