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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
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- 83.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