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作者 Zelljadt, Katherine
書名 History as past-time: Amateurs and Old Berlin, 1870--1914 (Germany)
國際標準書號 9780542120336
book jacket
說明 330 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-05, Section: A, page: 1922
Adviser: David Blackbourn
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Harvard University, 2005
This dissertation examines the activities of amateur historians in Germany's capital from 1870 to 1914. It considers various forms of historical involvement outside the professional arena of the university: historical societies, museums, popular theater, exhibitions, and photography. The work defines these activities as "participation in the past," a sphere of civic engagement located between academic professional history and the realm of individual memory
Three main themes emerge out of this study of amateur historical activity. First, amateur historians and their pursuits confirm the importance of a local and regional sense of belonging in the period before World War I. Whereas many scholars have analyzed German cultural history during the Imperial period almost exclusively in its relationship to national identity, amateur historical activity in Berlin shows how localized and cosmopolitan visions thrived in an urban environment, at times even supplanting nation-building cultural practices. Second, amateur historical activity in Berlin reveals a new field beyond traditional historiography---the writing of history---namely the study of the past as a practice, as an active public arm of culture: meeting, hoarding, organizing, buying, selling, consuming. Finally, amateur historians negotiated between past and future in Berlin: although they cultivated a certain nostalgia for history, they did not reject progressive ideas. This form of "retrospective modernization" complicates the established dichotomy of modern and antimodern so prevalent in studies about this era
School code: 0084
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-05A
主題 History, European
History, Modern
Art History
Alt Author Harvard University
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