Comparative and Transnational History. Central European Approaches and New Perspectives
Title: Comparative and Transnational History. Central European Approaches and New Perspectives
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Citation: New York, Berghahn Books, 2009
Since the 1970s West German historiography has been one of the main arenas of international comparative history. It has produced important empirical studies particularly in social history as well as methodological and theoretical reflections on comparative history. During the last twenty years however, this approach has felt pressure from two sources: cultural historical approaches, which stress microhistory and the construction of cultural transfer on the one hand, global history and transnational approaches with emphasis on connected history on the other. This volume introduces the reader to some of the major methodological debates and to recent empirical research of German historians, who do comparative and transnational work.
Table of Contents:
Preface Acknowledgements Introduction: Comparison and beyond: Traditions, scope and perspective of comparative history Jürgen Kocka and Heinz-Gerhard Haupt PART I: COMPARATIVE AND ENTANGLED HISTORY IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES Chapter 1. The debate between comparison and transfers - and what now? Hartmut Kaelble Chapter 2. A ‘Transnational’ History of Society: Continuity or New Departure Jürgen Osterhammel Chapter 3. Double Marginalization: A plea for a transnational perspective on German history Sebastian Conrad Chapter 4. Entangled histories of uneven modernities: Civil society, caste councils and legal pluralism in postcolonial India Shalini Randeria Chapter 5. Lost in translation? Transcending boundaries in comparative history M. Juneja and M. Pernau PART II: TRANSNATIONALIZATION AND ISSUES IN EUROPEAN HISTORY Chapter 6. The Nation as a Developing Resource Community: A Generalizing Comparison Dieter Langewiesche Chapter 7. Birds of a Feather: A Comparative History of German and U.S. Labour in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Thomas Welskopp Chapter 8. Common challenges, common solutions? Visions of the future during the 1960s. GDR, CSSR and the Federal Republic of Germany in comparative perspective Jörg Requate Chapter 9. Comparisons, Cultural Transfers and the Study of Networks: Towards a Transnational History of Europe Philipp Ther Chapter 10. Germany and Africa in the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: An Entangled History? Andreas Eckert Chapter 11. Losing National Identity or Gaining Transcultural Competence: Changing Approaches in Migration History Dirk Hoerder Notes on Contributors Selected Bibliography Index