The history of the modern era has often been portrayed as centered on the nation and the state. Since the inception of history as an academic discipline at the beginning of the nineteenth century, history has been taught and written as national history. Most of the Western societies quickly claimed a national history that in spite of the modern nature of nation states presumed an ancient history, often stretching back several thousand years, that gave modern nation states a glorious but imagined past. And while scholars such as Benedict Anderson reminded us that nations are “imagined communities,” historical scholarship all too often continues to follow in the footsteps of our nationalist nineteenth-century predecessors. The academic job market still offers positions for American, British or German historians, lectures are still given about the history of a particular country, and textbooks are still written for teaching the history of single nations.
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