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The central theme of the first part of this book concerned the manner in which the national master narrative of Luxembourgs history presented the past, how it spread through society and how it developed over time. Although Arthur Herchens Manuelpublished in 1918constituted an authoritative statement of this national master narrative, it expressed few ideas that were actually new. First, it reflects a sense of continuity with a past which is not seen as a different world. Second, the national master narrative is marked by a distinct teleology. Third, as a result of the identification of past and present, and a pervasive teleology, the national master narrative tends to simplify the past in its quest to defend the idealised representation of contemporary Luxembourg which it seeks to legitimise and propound. This overall trend has only been broken in the past three or four decades.

Keywords: Arthur Herchen; Luxembourg; Manuel



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