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Different Narratives?

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The aim of this chapter is to investigate whether any different narrative structures have been employed in the construction of Luxembourg's history. It does so by investigating scholars who stand in opposition to most initiators of the national master narrative, either because they did not share their political intent, or because they objected to its scholarly approach. The chapter examines twentieth-century historians to determine whether the master narrative was indeed the only point of reference before c. 1970. Second, it examines if and to what extent historians distanced themselves from the national master narrative in recent decades, once the generation of Nicolas Margue and Joseph Meyers stopped propagating it. Here the main question is whether more recent historians have developed any new narratives or whether they simply filled new bottles with old wine.

Keywords: Joseph Meyers; Luxembourg; Nicolas Margue; Nicolas van Werveke; twentieth-century historians



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