Helmut Walser Smith: The Continuities of German History

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 21st, 2009

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German Historical Institute London
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Event date: 21 July 2009

Helmut Walser Smith: The Continuities of German History

Round Table Discussion: The Continuities of German History by Helmut Walser Smith (Vanderbilt University)

German Historical Institute London

A dialogue between the author, Christopher Clark (Cambridge) and Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)

speaker_helmutwalsersmith_2Helmut Walser Smith’s most recent book has triggered a heated debate among German historians which is still in full swing today. About twenty years after the heyday of the Sonderweg debate, Walser Smith again argues for continuities of German history which finally resulted in the Holocaust. Taking up the special path interpretation and giving it a new outlook by integrating cultural and transnational approaches, he sheds new light on the ‘long nineteenth century’. At the GHIL the author will present the main argument of his book. Christopher Clark, whose history of modern Prussia is widely acclaimed, and Andreas Gestrich, who has contributed profound works on the social history of Germany, will both comment on the book before the discussion is opened to the audience.

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Introduction by Dr Martina Steber and Professor Andreas Gestrich

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Dr Helmut Walser Smith

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Respondents: Dr Christopher Clark and Professor Andreas Gestrich

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Questions:

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Helmut Walser Smith: The Continuities of German History available at Cambridge University Press

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