Droysen's didactics of history: constitution and currentness 1. E-mail: arthurassis unb. The historical theory developed by Johann Gustav Droysen stands out partly due to its consistent orientation towards didactical issues. Besides investigating the principles governing the historical method and the reasons that lead us to attribute the quality of being "historical" to certain portions of the past, it also devised answers to the question: "why should one write, study, and learn history?
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Johann Gustav Droysen
His history of Alexander the Great was the first work representing a new school of German historical thought that idealized power held by so-called "great" men. His father, Johann Christoph Droysen , was an army chaplain who had been present at the celebrated siege of Kolberg in — As a child, Droysen witnessed some of the military operations during the War of Liberation , his father by then being pastor at Greifenhagen , in the immediate neighbourhood of Stettin , which was held by the French for most of These youthful impressions laid the foundation of his ardent attachment to the Kingdom of Prussia. He was educated at the gymnasium of Stettin and at the University of Berlin ; in he became a master at the Graues Kloster , one of the oldest schools in Berlin; in addition, he gave lectures at the University of Berlin, from as Privatdozent , and from as professor, without a salary.