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Germany : Inventing the Nation - Stefan Berger

Germany

Inventing the Nation

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'What is a German's fatherland?', asked Ernst Moritz Arndt at the beginning of the nineteenth century. This has arguably been the central question of modern German history. Germans did not have a united fatherland until 1871, and, thereafter, major political events in 1918, 1933, 1945, 1968 and 1989 ensured that the answers to Arndt's question proliferated and diverged with breath-taking speed. Germany explains the diverse ways in which national identity has been constructed over more than three centuries. It focuses on the plurality of contested definitions of 'Germanness'. The themes covered include the struggles between democratic and non-democratic inventions of the nation, the construction of the racial nation under Nazism, economic definitions of the nation, foreigners and 'Germanness', the nation as a 'community of memory', the gendering of the national discourse, the federal nature of German nationalism and the impact of war on the construction of a German national identity. This is a fundamental reappraisal of Germany's history from a perspective available only now that the dust from the demolished Berlin Wall is settling in a reunited Germany.

"it is overall an interseting, balanced, and very readable account of a fascinating and pertinent topic." Central European History Vol.38, No.4

Introduction : constructing Germanyp. 1
A movement of 'marginal men' : the national idea until 1819p. 13
Nationalism in search of a mass audience, 1819-1871p. 47
Making Germans, 1871-1914p. 77
The mythologies of war and the republican nation, 1914-1933p. 111
The racial nation, 1933-1945p. 141
Towards postnationalism? The Federal Republic of Germany, 1945-1990p. 165
The failure of a 'socialist nation' : the German democratic republic, 1945-1990p. 199
Quo vadis Germany? National identity debates after reunificationp. 225
Conclusion : reinventing Germany for the twenty-first centuryp. 257
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ISBN: 9780340705858
ISBN-10: 034070585X
Series: Inventing the Nation
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 25th June 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 16.1  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1