Discourses on Europe in German, British and US American Media 1914-1980

With the help of selected German, British and US American print media, the subproject analyses how images of Europe changed and were transferred in the years 1914 to 1980. While in the past analyses regarding this research area have chiefly sprung from the realms of politics or the history of ideas, the evaluation of quality papers in this context reveals more specific findings in relation to popular and everyday medial communication on Europe. Its change and ambivalence is investigated in a range of subject areas, such as Politics, Economics, Culture, Art, Sports, or Tourism. Thus, the project does not limit itself to reports on setting the political course in Europe.

The countries selected for analysis: Germany, Great Britain, and the USA, are nations whose position on Europe and the European idea differed and which - not least in the perception of contemporaries - represented the centre of Europe (Germany), its periphery (Great Britain), and finally, the outside view on Europe (USA). In this context, the project examines to what extent the reciprocal medial perception has been taken up and translated, and how this prompted the shifts that can be detected in the discourse.

Being synchronic as well as diachronic and divided into two separate project areas, the approach also allows for determining transnational continuities and breaches in discourses on Europe and contextualising and analysing them critically. Thus, the question of how far the World Wars, economic crises, and political upheavals of the 20th century changed the public perceptions of Europe plays an important role.

The project consists of two sub topics:



Project C

Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung
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14467 Potsdam

Research Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Frank Bösch
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Research Assistants:
Ariane Brill, M.A.
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Florian Greiner, M.A.
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Ein Verbundprojekt von:

Georg-Eckert-Institut f&uumlr internationale Schulbuchforschung

Universität Kassel

Zentrum für zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung