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Biography between structure and agency : Central European lives in international historiography

Author: Volker R Berghahn; Simone Lässig
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2008.
Series: Studies in German history, v. 9.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While bookstore shelves around the world have never ceased to display best-selling "life-and-letters" biographies in prominent positions, the genre became less popular among academic historians during the Cold War decades. Their main concern then was with political and socioeconomic structures, institutions, and organizations, or - more recently - with the daily lives of ordinary people and small communities. The
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Volker R Berghahn; Simone Lässig
ISBN: 9781845455187 1845455185
OCLC Number: 184829207
Description: viii, 272 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: biography in modern history, modern historiography in biography / Simone Lässig --
Biography and the historian: opportunities and constraints / Ian Kershaw --
Dreams and nightmares: writing the biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II / John C.G. Röhl --
Gustav Stresemann: a German Bürger? / Karl Heinrich Pohl --
Women's biographies, men's history? / Angelika Schaser --
Historiography, biography and experience: the case of Hans Rothfels / Jan Eckel --
A historian's life in biographical perspective: John Huizinga / Christoph Strupp --
The heroic ecstasy of drunken elephants: the substrate of nature in Max Weber, a missing link between his life and work /Joachim Radkau --
Generational experience and genocide: a biographical approach to Nazi perpetrators / Michael Wildt --
Criminal biographies and biographies of criminals: understanding the history of war crimes trials and perpetrator "routes to crime" using biographical method / Hilary Earl --
From Himmler's circle of friends to the Lions Club: the career of a provincial Nazi leader / Hartmut Berghoff and Cornelia Rauh-Kühne --
Contexts and contradictions: writing the biography of a Holocaust survivor / Mark Roseman --
The improbable biography: uncommon sources, a moving identity, a plural story? / Willem Frijhoff --
Structuralism and biography: some concluding thoughts on the uncertainties of a historiographical genre / Volker R. Berghahn.
Series Title: Studies in German history, v. 9.
Responsibility: edited by Volker R. Berghahn and Simone Lässig.
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