The History of Everyday Life: Reconstructing Historical Experiences and Ways of Life

The History of Everyday Life: Reconstructing Historical Experiences and Ways of Life


Alltagsgeschichte, or the historical past of way of life, emerged in the course of the Nineteen Eighties because the finest new box between West German historians and, extra lately, their East German colleagues. in part in response to the modernization concept pervading West German social heritage within the Seventies, practitioners of alltagsgeschichte under pressure the complexities of renowned event, paying specific recognition, for example, to the connection of the German operating category to Nazism. Now the 1st English translation of a key quantity of essays (Alltagsgeschichte: Zur Rekonstruktion historischer Erfahrungen und Lebensweisen) provides this procedure and indicates the way it cuts around the barriers of tested disciplines. the result's a piece of serious methodological, theoretical, and historiographical importance in addition to a important contribution to German studies.

Introduced by way of Alf Lüdtke, the amount contains empirical essays, one by way of Lutz Niethammer on existence classes of East Germans after 1945 and one through Lüdtke on modes of accepting fascism between German employees. the remainder 5 essays are theoretical: Hans Medick writes on ethnological methods of information as a problem to social heritage; Peter Schöttler, on mentalities, ideologies, and discourses and alltagsgeschichte; Dorothee Wierling, on gender kin and alltagsgeschichte; Wolfgang Kaschuba, on pop culture and staff' tradition as symbolic orders; and Harald Dehne at the problem alltagsgeschichte posed for Marxist-Leninist historiography in East Germany.

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