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Looking Back on the ‘Sonderweg’


Kocka,  Jürgen
History of the Max Planck Society, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Max Planck Society;

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Kocka, J. (2018). Looking Back on the ‘Sonderweg’. Central European History, 51(1), 137-142. doi:10.1017/S0008938918000183.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-738F-6
Central European History has opened its pages again and again to the controversial debate about the so-called German Sonderweg. With that in mind, and on the occasion of this important journal's fiftieth anniversary, the following essay presents some very selective and personal thoughts on this topic. Although discussed and promoted much less frequently now than in previous decades, and although there are understandable reasons why it has left the center stage of scholarly debate, the approach to modern German history signified by this problematic concept has not been disproven or become obsolete. But, confronted by severe criticism, it has been—and can be—rethought and revised.