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After Unity : Reconfiguring German Identities Volume 2 - Konrad Hugo Jarausch

After Unity

Reconfiguring German Identities Volume 2

By: Konrad Hugo Jarausch (Editor), Volker Grasnow (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1997
ISBN: 9781571810410
Number Of Pages: 320

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After the fall of the Wall revealed the precariousness of GDR loyalties and precipitated the rush to unity, the enlarged Federal Republic can no longer be considered a provisional construct; it is forced to rethink its own role and purpose as a nation-state. In order to probe this new uncertainty and to explore the consequences of unification for German politics, history and culture, political scientists, historians and literary scholars have come together in this volume to focus on the main issues of the current debate such as the shadow of the Nazi past, the threat of xenophobia, new regional tensions, persistent problems of gender relations, and the future shape of Europe. From these interdisciplinary essays a complex picture of competing and complementary identities emerges that challenges traditional and simplistic Anglo-American stereotypes and offers compelling evidence of a self-critical spirit and the democratic nature of the political culture of the new Germany.

"What emerges from this collection is a picture of a complex society that was neither fully modern nor fully totalitarian ... The dense book provides and illuminating discussion of the difficulties inherent in characterizing the GDR and, in so doing, points the reader in directions that might prove more fruitful."����German Studies Review

Preface
Introduction: Reshaping German Identities: Reflections on the Post-Unification Debatep. 1
The Presence of the Past: Culture, Opinion, and Identity in Germanyp. 25
Natives, Strangers, and Foreigners: Constituting Germans by Constructing Othersp. 61
East and West German Identities: United and Divided?p. 103
Women, Men and Unification: Gender Politics and the Abortion Struggle Since 1989p. 137
Germany and Europe: Finding an International Rolep. 173
Postscript: Creative Chaos: Concluding Thoughts on Interdisciplinary Cooperationp. 201
List of Contributorsp. 211
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9781571810410
ISBN-10: 1571810412
Series: Modern German Studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st September 1997
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.27