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Introduction: Photography and Twentieth-Century German History

Umbach, Maiken; Harvey, Elizabeth



In the introduction to this special issue on photography and German history, we outline current research on using both professional and amateur or snapshot photography to elucidate problems in 20th-century German history. We argue that an approach is required that focuses on the transformative impact of the mass production and circulation of images in this period, and the way in which this altered people's consciousness of their own role vis-a-vis larger social and political process, and in changing the boundaries between public and private life. We also explore the role this practice played in enabling new forms of politics, including, but not confined to, so-called totalitarian regimes.


Umbach, M., & Harvey, E. (2015). Introduction: Photography and Twentieth-Century German History. Central European History, 48(3), 287-299.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 17, 2015
Publication Date 2015-09
Deposit Date Sep 1, 2015
Publicly Available Date Sep 17, 2015
Journal Central European History
Print ISSN 0008-9389
Electronic ISSN 1569-1616
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Issue 3
Pages 287-299
Keywords History
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