This paper examines the “opening of the archives” in the way it is described in the previously historiographical literature and in the way it is described by the newest research. To do so, the paper deals with original literature by the German Adolf Brenneke. Brenneke’s work is describing the evolution of the archives in European countries, and this paper places its focus on three of them: Bavaria, France and Denmark. As a counterpart to Brenneke’s description, articles by Philipp Müller and Jennifer Milligan tell another version of the story of the development of the archives. Milligan’s article deals with the development of the French archives and the question, if the archives were really opened, the way it is described in Brennekes work. As an example on another new historiography, Müller is relevant to take into account. His point of view is interesting because he deals with similar topics as Milligan does. For example, how the archive politics were performed in practise. The paper’s next step is to examine the change in the ways of working with historical knowledge. To do so the paper compares the works of Milligan and Müller with the work of Brenneke to see the differences in their focuses. As a complement to the discussion, the paper uses the chapter describing the development of the Danish archives in Brenneke’s work and compares his work with Tim Knudsen’s work about the previous publicity debate in the 19th century Denmark. Furthermore, the paper discusses whether the new Danish public law is comparable to the cases mentioned earlier. The topic of that final discussion is whether the focus in the handling of the new Danish public law is on the practice or legal aspects.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||13 jan. 2014|
|Vejledere||Kasper Risbjerg Eskildsen|