Disseminating German Tradition. The Thyssen Lectures
Dan Diner and Moshe Zimmermann
187 pp., Hardcover with dust jacket
Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2009
Price: 29,00 € (D)
This volume gathers together contributions by a number of distinguished historians. Based on lectures held at the Universities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the articles provide new insight into a significant aspect in the history of ideas: namely the relationship between 19th century German research traditions and the roots of academic teaching and research in the humanities in Israel. The articles present an overview of the findings of the decades-long research of the Thyssen lecturers in concentrated form.
German-centered intellectual discourse on knowledge and meaning came to exercise a kind of formative impact internationally, to a significant extent as a consequence of the tragic fact of forced migration and expulsion from Germany pursued by Nazi policy and its repercussions in academia. This shaped a scholarly canon beyond German, through a transformative discourse detached from German life and society as a domain of historical experience. Neutralized in such a form, it continues to have a distinctive impact on present-day Israeli cultural life and academe. The volume contains essays by Reinhart Koselleck, Peter Pulzer, Georg L. Mosse, Sander L. Gilman, Andrei S. Markovits, Michael H. Kater, Charles S. Maier and Charles E. McClelland.