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this motto also affected American medieval scholarship. On the whole, new perspectives were not developed in Germany.7 And, whereas on the left bank of the Rhine during the entire period between the two world wars, someone like Marc Bloch8 extensively and comprehensively reviewed new publications of German medieval scholarship with great intellectual intensity and in a meticulous and critical manner, obviously no German historian felt the urge to embark on something similar himself. The great breakthrough of

French medieval scholarship in Germany. The majority

into new European dimensions of the German medievalists

went

unnoticed

were

far from

reaching Bloch at

the the

goal of a comparative International Congress

European social history, of Historical Sciences in

as outlined by Oslo in 1927, 9

a

circumstance

that

also

accounts

for

the

fact

that

the

majority

of

German

historians quickly made their a few of them were actually like Percy Ernst

peace with National official members of

Socialism in 1933.10 Only the Nazi party, but some,

7

Winfried Schulze, German Historiography from the 1930s to the 1950s,in

, ed

Hartmut Lehmann and James van Horn Melton (New York, 1994), 1942.

8

Ulrich Raulff,

(Frankfurt a.M.,

1995); Otto Gerhard Oexle,

"Was deutsche Mediävisten an der französischen

Mittelalterforschung interessieren muß," in ed. Michael Borgolte (Munich, 1995), 89127.

,

9 Marc Bloch, Pour une histoire comparée des societés européennes(1928), in id., 2 vols. (Paris, 1963; repr. 1983), vol. 1, 1640. Karl Ferdinand Werner, (Stuttgart, 1967); Klaus Schreiner, "Führertum, Rasse, Reich. Wissenschaft von der Geschichte nach der nationalsozialistischen Machtergreifung," in 10

, ed. Peter Lundgreen (Frankfurt a.M., 1985), 163252.

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