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Historical perspectives: British and German views of history

Updated Thursday 10th April 2014

Two historians reflect on British and German views of history in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War.

The Goethe Institut in London is currently running a Doppelgänger in Europe series, which brings together two experts working in the same field to compare German and English perpsectives on a subject.

The Open University's Annika Mombauer has contributed to a discussion on European history, which - with through the kind permission of the Goethe Institut - we are delighted to present here:

Dr Annika Mombauer           

Professor Hew Strachan

 

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