Looking back – a pensive balance

This essay summarizes my work in theory of history, history didactics, historiography, and intercultural humanism. That work is put into the framework of historical culture in the Federal Republic of Germany and its reception examined. Within historical studies, reception has been subdued in Germany but much stronger in Brazil and East Asia. Up to today, the work has also had an effective impact in history didactics in Germany and abroad, however. The essay ends with a critical look at some new trends in the humanities.