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Temporality and Identity in Danish Historical Discourse, 1900–45: Danish Historians Writing Modernity

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The chapter explores how temporality, identity, and modernity were conceptualized in Danish history-writing from 1900 to 1945. The first part of the chapter deals with the conceptualizations of historical change, its causes, and its direction. The second part focuses primarily on the way in which national identity was conceptualized. The third section analyses the broader debates about modern society, modern science, Darwinism, religion, sexual morality, and so on, relating to transnational debates on ‘modernity’ from the late 1880s onwards. The last section provides the conclusion of the findings and comments on the impact of racial thinking on Danish historiography and national socialist use of history in the Danish context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication'Regimes of Historicity' in Southeastern and Northern Europe, 1890-1945 : Discourses of Identity and Temporality
EditorsDiana Mishkova, Balázs Trencsényi, Marja Jalava
Number of pages20
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication year2014
Pages62-81
Chapter3
ISBN (print)9781137362483
ISBN (Electronic)9781137362476
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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