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German National Schools Conference

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Author(s): Herrmann, Ulrich
[German Version] The German National Schools Conference (Reichsschulkonferenz, Jun 11–19, 1920, Berlin) discussed the form that the education system in the Weimar Republic should take. On the basis of preliminary reports and guiding principles, over 700 participants (government, occupational and professional representatives, as well as associations and organizations) discussed, in particular, the setting up of the school and popular education systems, the principles on which instruction and teache…


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Author(s): Herrmann, Ulrich | Schwab, Ulrich | Tzscheetzsch, Werner | Gängler, Hans | Petzolt, Martin | Et al.
[German Version] I. History and Signifiance – II. The Jugendbewegung and the Protestant Church – III. The Catholic Jugendbewegung – IV. Young Workers' Movement – V. The Orthodox Youth Movement – VI. The Jewish Youth Movement I. History and Signifiance 1. Historical context Jugendbewegung (“youth movement”) is the name by which a distinctive middle-class youth movement in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland chose to call itself. It was the focal point of a variety of youth movements extending from the end of the 19th century to the en…

Diesterweg, Friedrich Adolph Wilhelm

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Author(s): Herrmann, Ulrich
[German Version] (Oct 29, 1790, Siegen – Jul 7, 1866, Berlin) studied natural sciences and mathematics at the universities of Herborn, Heidelberg, and Tübingen (1808–1810), became a (private) teacher (1811–1820), and was subsequently appointed director of the Elementarlehrerseminar (Elementary School Teachers' Seminar) in Moers (1820–1832) and thereafter of the Berlin Stadtschull…

Social History

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Author(s): Kaiser, Jochen-Christoph | Schaper, Joachim | Hezser, Catherine | Leutzsch, Martin | Herrmann, Ulrich | Et al.
[German Version] I. Terminology and Theory In its scientific exploration of the past, all historiography aims at a synthesis in the sense of a valid overview of what has gone before. At best, however, the quest can succeed only paradigmatically and typically, because any reconstruction of an histoire totale is doomed to failure. Nevertheless historiography cannot abandon the ven-¶ ture of viewing history (History/Concepts of history) as a whole, because otherwise the incalculable mass of detail would rule out any interpretation of historical processes. …