• Christoph Hendrik Müller
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


Ever since the American Revolution, the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm told an audience in Seville at the quincentenary celebrations of Christopher Columbus’s voyage to the New World, the United States (USA) had been a ‘model of political innovation’.2 Furthermore, the long-term effects of Columbus’s discovery were to be felt in popular culture, leisure, consumption and nutrition, since that discovery, in the long run, had brought not only chewing gum and Coca-Cola to Europe, but also potatoes, maize, peanuts, sunflowers, tobacco, chocolate and cocaine.3


Exchange Programme Weimar Republic Political Innovation Marxist Historian West German Society 
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    Günter Moltmann, ‘Anti-Americanism in Germany: Historical Perspective’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 21, no. 2 (August 1975), p. 13.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    The need for a plurality of sources has long been recognised in relation to research into any aspect of contemporary history (‘gegenwartsnaher Geschichte). See, for example, Paul Erker, ‘Zeitgeschichte als Sozialgeschichte. Forschungsstand und Forschungsdefizite’, Geschichte und Gesellschaft, vol. 19, no. 2 (1993), especially p. 210f.Google Scholar

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