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The Master Narrative Of Luxembourg's History

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This chapter provides an overview of the national master narrative of Luxembourg's history. The tenor of this narrative has been set by Arthur Herchen's text, but it is taken up by other authors, whose accounts differ only slightly. Operating entirely within a 'national' paradigm, i.e. based on the idea of the 'nation' as an age-old and unified community, which is clearly distinct from its neighbours, the master narrative is highly teleological. Arthur Herchen is the central figure of the chapter, because his version of the national master narrative was more comprehensive than that of any of his predecessors. It integrated more historical events than previous accounts and it took up concepts, such as the 'foreign dominations', that were to re-emerge in every consecutive retelling of that same narrative.

Keywords: Arthur Herchen; Luxembourg's history



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