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Friedrich Katz

Essays zu Leben und Wirken eines transnationalen Historikers - Essays on the Life and Work of a Transnational Historian

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Edited By Martina Kaller, David Mayer and Berthold Molden

Die in diesem Band versammelten Essays sind dem Historiker und Lateinamerikanisten Friedrich Katz (1927-2010) gewidmet. Sie fußen auf einem Symposium, das im Herbst 2011 zu seinen Ehren in Wien abgehalten wurde, und vereinen unterschiedliche Perspektiven auf sein Leben und Werk. Friedrich Katz war einer der großen Sozialhistoriker zur lateinamerikanischen Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Seine Arbeiten zur Mexikanischen Revolution zählen zu den grundlegenden Werken über dieses Thema. Er verstand es, in quellenkritischer Tiefe die Besonderheiten Mexikos in die Weltgeschichte einzuschreiben. Andererseits verschlug eben diese Weltgeschichte ihn selbst als Kind von Wien über Berlin, Paris und New York nach Mexiko, nach 1945 wieder nach Wien und Ostberlin und schließlich nach Chicago.
The essays collected in this volume are dedicated to the historian and Latin Americanist Friedrich Katz (1927-2010). They are based on a symposium held in his honour in Vienna in the autumn of 2011 and bring together varying perspectives of his life and work. As one of the great social historians of our time, Friedrich Katz had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the sources relevant to Latin America’s twentieth century history. His studies of the Mexican Revolution rank foremost among contributions to the field. More than anyone before he succeeded in relating the specifics of Mexico’s history to the broader processes of global history. That same global history impacted repeatedly on Katz’ own life: he was forced to leave Vienna as a child and moved with his family to Mexico, via Berlin, Paris and New York; he returned to Vienna after 1945 only to leave again for East Berlin before finally settling in Chicago.

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The Wiener Vorlesungen at the Rathaus

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The Wiener Vorlesungen (Vienna Public Lectures) have served since early 1987 as a platform where outstanding exponents of intellectual life can put forward their analyses and views on the world’s most topical problems in the festive ambience of Vienna’s Town Hall. These lectures have long been the City of Vienna’s public discussion forum, a civic university, freely accessible and with an empathic appreciation of the pulse of the times. To date, 1,200 lectures featuring more than 5,000 lecturers have attracted a total audience of more than 600,000. At the heart of each debate one always finds the key issues confronting the world at the time, and the lecturers invited by the Wiener Vorlesungen to offer their analyses, findings and expert opinions invariably rank at the very top of their respective fields. The aim of the Wiener Vorlesungen is to do their bit towards keeping the flame first lit by the Enlightenment burning. The lectures focus on knowledge – not on knowledge reduced to mere information but on knowledge of the kind that results from the fruitful exchange between different points of view and from constructive criticism, knowledge that is capable of fostering that independence of thought which is essential for individual and collective wellbeing. „Sapere aude“, the motto of the 18th-century pioneers of the Enlightenment, who recommended the courageous use of reason as the primary source of responsible action against stale and ritualized conventions, is the key postulate of the Wiener Vorlesungen. The project’s philosophy and method can...

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