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

Keiger, JFV 2013, 'The Fischer controversy, the war origins debate and France: a non-history' , Journal of Contemporary History, 48 (2) , pp. 363-375.

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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: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Contemporary History
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0022-0094
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Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2012 10:25
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 14:31

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