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Edgar Wolfrum

History as a weapon

From the empire to reunification
Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht Verlag, Göttingen 2001
ISBN 9783525340288
Cardboard, 178 pages, 14.21 EUR

Review note on Neue Zürcher Zeitung, October 20, 2001

An "entertaining research overview" is this treatise on the "struggles over interpretations of the past" that characterize historical studies again and again, praises the reviewer with the abbreviation uha .. He thinks that this book offers an entertaining and successful introduction to the topic, even if it is When the "undoubtedly difficult question of the historical 'truth'" itself shrinks, the reviewer describes the strengths and weaknesses of this work.

Review note on Süddeutsche Zeitung, October 20, 2001

The reviewer Peter Reichel finds this study of the changing paradigms in historical studies in Germany, which deals with the question of how politics is made with history, extremely interesting, "rich in material" and "stimulating". But he is still not really satisfied with this work. In his opinion, the author Edgar Wolfrum does not define the subject of his research precisely enough and so some of this study seems arbitrary to him: which is why the author examines, for example, the political symbolism of the Weimar Republic, but omits this question in his study of the Nazi state Reichel incomprehensible. Nor does he find Wolfrum's treatise on the "founding generation of West German historical studies" really satisfactory. His overall impression of this book is therefore quite mixed.
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Review note on Die Zeit, 09/13/2001

Volker Ullrich certifies that the author, who deals with the political function of historical studies in his book, offers a "concise overview" that captivates "through the conciseness of the presentation and the courage to make decisive judgments". The author examines the mutual relationship between the formation of myths and scientific knowledge in historical studies since the German Empire, which has often led to history being misused for political purposes. For example, the fact that the whole of German history from the Middle Ages onwards towards the founding of the empire in 1871 is revealed by the author as a 'German national myth'. Other myths, such as the war innocence lie and the stab in the back legend, were "welcome means of agitation" in the Weimar Republic, which the Social Democrats failed to clarify. According to Ullrich, however, the most informative is "the depiction of the historical and political confrontation in the German-German system conflict after 1949."

Review note on Süddeutsche Zeitung, May 14, 2001

The reviewer calls the author a "proven connoisseur" of the still young research field of historical politics and the book "a successful overview of the long-practiced tradition ... of historically legitimizing political and ideological goals." What we also get to read in the discussion of the historian and journalist Tillmann Bendikowski is a short form of the book and its stages, from the founding of the empire in 1871 to the various historical images and the historical-political codes in Germany East and West. Nothing more and nothing less.
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