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20. The Memory Landscape of the South-Western Front: Cultural Legacy, Promotion of Tourism, or European Heritage?

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For today's generation, the First World War is an event dating back one hundred years. After the Second World War, the First World War nearly disappeared from Austrian historiography, especially in the university sphere. The Fischer controversy which became a controversial issue in the 1960s in the Federal Republic of Germany caused hardly any reaction. The combination of history in scenic surroundings and intellectual engagement with the same topic in the museum became a tourist attraction before cultural tourism had been "invented". Since the late 1980s and from the 1990s onwards the impulses of the emerging new military history inspired research on the First World War and broadened the topics and the methods employed towards a history of everyday life, the history of mentality and women's history. The most recent approach is that of cultural history.

Keywords: Austria; cultural legacy; cultural tourism; European Heritage; Germany; Slovenia



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