Consigning the Twentieth Century to History: Alternative Narratives for the Modern Era

  title={Consigning the Twentieth Century to History: Alternative Narratives for the Modern Era},
  author={Charles S. Maier},
  journal={The American Historical Review},
How WILL HISTORIANS ANALYZE THE CENTURY that has just concluded? What narratives or interpretations will they construct to make sense of the last hundred years? A century of world wars, of political violence, of modernization? Will the twentieth century cohere as a historical epoch? For historians and the reading public alike, centuries provide a ready-made chronological framework for largescale history. Nevertheless, I believe that the idea of twentieth-century history will serve us as a… 

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