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Reflections on European History and Memory in Exile

Michael Kammen
Amerikastudien / American Studies
Vol. 53, No. 4 (2008), pp. 535-553
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41158399
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Abstract

This article provides an examination of the transnational memories of eleven modern historians who became eminent masters in their fields in the US: Russian-born Michael Karpovich and Alexander Gerschenkron, Romanian-born Mircea Eliade and Eugen Weber, German-born Felix Gilbert, George Mosse, Peter Gay, Fritz Stern, Saul Friedländer, Hungarian-born John Lukacs, and US-born Lucy Dawidowicz. Their presence at American universities brought a welcome cosmopolitanism and international scholarship. All became influential teachers at their institutions and in some instances policy-makers as well. Their recollections illuminate personal rites of passage but also the challenge of carrying out creative work before, during, and after World War II, most notably concerned with National Socialism and the Holocaust, but also political as well as economic revolutions.

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