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Title: Historical narratives and European nationalisms : Germany and Ireland in comparison
Author: Nagle, Shane Christopher
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis is a comparative study of nationalist history writing in Ireland and Germany between circa 1848 and circa 1930. It builds on recent historiography on the cross-European comparison of different national historical traditions in Europe and challenges the customary comparison of 'peripheral' national historical traditions with 'mainstream' ones. More specifically, it provides a comparative perspective on the development of one aspect of Irish nationalist culture, recognising that the comparative method is still under-used in Irish historiography and relocating the study of this 'marginal' tradition into a more comprehensive European frame of reference. It offers a more comprehensive understanding of the similarities and differences in the historical representation of the nation in different contexts by comparing two traditions that have been regarded as 'mainstream' and 'peripheral', respectively. The thesis is concerned with the question of to what extent, by way of this comparison, we can make judgements about a distinctive European form of national history writing manifested in 'peripheral' as well as 'mainstream' contexts. The thesis focuses on a sample of historians in both contexts whose historical work centred on the national past aiming to arrive at a medium between the primarily comparative focus and a reasonably detailed examination of the German and Irish national historiographical traditions. Individual chapters focus on the representation of the nation's 'origins' of the and foundational events in the nation's past; the relationship between religion and the nation in the national historical narratives; the application of 'race thinking' or the idea of race to the nation's past; and how the territory of the nation was historically delineated, how the relationship between region and nation and regional challenges to the unified national historical narrative were dealt with. A final, 'supplementary' chapter briefly examines transnational connections between historical representations of the nation in these contexts.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History ; German history ; Ireland history ; nationalism ; Comparative History