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Working paper

In Search of the New European Past: Rewriting History in the First Person Singular

The paper presented at the Joint Workshop of the Cambridge DAAD Research Hub for German Studies and The German Historical Institute, Moscow entitled “Life Stories, Personal Narratives, and Ego-Documents: Problems and Perspectives from German, Central and Eastern European History” (Pembroke College, Cambridge, 20-22 September 2018) deals with some recent shifts in historiography aimed at deeper understanding European past. Based on the analysis of several recent studies of Early Modern autobiographies, diaries, memoirs, and other egodocuments, it claims that the first person writings present an incredibly valuable type of sources that can shed new light not only on the lives of individuals, as it is commonly considered, but also on the lives of European societies of the period.