Volume 125

Georg-Eckert-Institut (ed.): Grenzgänger

Aufsätze von Falk Pingel. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2009. 424 p. ISBN 978-3-89971-711-2

This volume brings together essays from three decades. The first section addresses National Socialism primarily from the perspective of the regime’s victims, a topic to which Falk Pingel has always been passionately dedicated from a socio-political, educational and historical point of view. The second field of research explored by the essays in this book is German post-war history in its political, economic and social dimensions. Here too, the author moves beyond a more traditional (re)construction of the past to examine the role of historical scholarship as related to contemporary history and history didactics. This naturally leads to the third section, which focuses on textbook research. Anyone addressing issues concerning the dissemination of historical knowledge will sooner or later be confronted with the key medium of the school textbook. Falk Pingel has methodologically consolidated and developed textbook research, repeatedly emphasising the political responsibilities of academia, and thus transcending boundaries between research and politics, academia and education practice, states and cultures

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