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History, Germany, literature, Weimar Repulic, society, totalitarianism


Comparative Literature | European History | German Language and Literature | Intellectual History | Social History


History is often regarded as a search for an increasingly factual, precise, and thus truer view of reality. Ranke expressed this in his theory of history "wie es eigentlich gewesen ist"--as it actually happened. Yet beyond the outer reality of society as delineated by its structure and accomplishments, there lies an inner reality. This is the realm of the individual, which each person confronts and deals with experiences in a different manner. History, therefore, becomes not only a study of events, but also of the responses of people to them. In a sense, a cycle is formed; a pattern of action-reaction-action which continually reinforces and perpetuates itself.

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