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The Fischer controversy, the war origins debate and France: a non-history

Keiger, JFV 2012, 'The Fischer controversy, the war origins debate and France: a non-history' , Journal of Contemporary History . (In Press)

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      The controversy that followed publication in 1961 of Fritz Fischer’s Griff nach der Weltmacht was not restricted to West Germany. Even if the Fischer debate abroad did not acquire the vehemence it took on domestically, intellectually the effect was powerful. This article will demonstrate that France was potentially a most propitious terrain for the Fischer controversy to spread. Yet for a variety of reasons, largely to do with the nature of history practised in France in the 1950s and 1960s, it had remarkably little impact. The reasons for there being little reaction to the Fischer controversy also explain the state of the war origins debate in France fifty years on and why the war’s causes have not been seriously investigated by French historians for several decades.

      Item Type: Article
      Themes: Memory, Text and Place
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
      Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Contemporary History
      Publisher: Sage
      Refereed: Yes
      ISSN: 0022-0094
      Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
      Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2012 11:25
      Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:30

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