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Another historian picked up this topic again fifty years later: the Czech medievalist Frantisek Graus.18 Incidentally, he was also a victim of the German state.19 Graus very aptly pointed out the peculiarities of German medieval history. Moreover, by using the leading paradigm of political history, particularly of the constitutional history of the Middle Ages, Graus discussed these characteristics in their historical dimensions and talked about

their long-term effects in view of a development. According to Graus, this

,a special is related to the

fact that there was no written German constitution.Graus argues further that, in order to make the desired ideal of a unified German constitution real and concrete, one had to attempt to anchor it historically, to construct a historical constitution.In this manner, Graus continues, a model was created that became the foundation for entire schools of thought. In order to be binding or to be able to influence the present, institutions had to appear long-lasting, had to grow out of the character(essence) of the people; the continuity had to be valid for all Germans (where at all possible, for all Germanic people) ...20

This model also refers to a specific form of German historical

mentalities, which may be designated by the term

While in

exile in Holland, another émigré, the anthropologist and sociologist Helmuth Plessner, posed the question of why the intellectual elite, above all the university professors, including the most prominent and famous, embraced National Socialism and indeed even significantly contributed to its establishment in 1933. He provided the answer to this question in his book

18 Frantisek Graus, "Verfassungsgeschichte des Mittelalters," 243 (1986): 529589. Marie Theres Fögen and Dieter Simon, "Frantisek Graus," 8 (1989): 233. Graus, "Verfassungsgeschichte des Mittelalters," 544f. 19 20

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