By Stefan Berger

The Historikerstreit of the Nineteen Eighties has ended inconclusively amidst heated debates at the nature and process German nationwide historical past. the writer follows the debates past the unforeseen reunification of the rustic in 1990 and analyzes the latest developments in German historiography. Reunification, he observes, has introduced in its wake an pressing look for the "normality" of the kingdom kingdom. For an individual attracted to the improvement of the nationwide grasp narrative in additional contemporary German historiography, this booklet will offer an important consultant throughout the multitude of historic debates surrounding the state state.

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