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Intellectuals and the Nation : Collective Identity in a German Axial Age - Bernhard Giesen

Intellectuals and the Nation

Collective Identity in a German Axial Age

By: Bernhard Giesen, Amos Weisz (Translator), Nicholas Levis (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 28th August 1998
ISBN: 9780521621618
Number Of Pages: 258

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This book proposes a theory of collective and national identity based on culture and language rather than power and politics. Applying this to what he calls Germany's 'axial age', Bernhard Giesen shows how the codes of nineteenth-century German identity in turn became those of the divided Germany between 1945 and 1989. The identity he describes derives from the ideas of German intellectuals, from the uprooted Romantic poets to the influential German mandarins. Carried by the emerging bourgeoisie, it was constructed on the tensions between power and spirit, money and culture, and the sacred and profane.

"This impressive monograph by one of the most reowned German sociologists" Canadian Jrnl of His...The book is much more stimulating than this summary may suggest." Wolfgang E.J. Weber

Introduction: the nation in social science and history
The construction of collective identity
The encounter with Otherness
The nation as invisible public: the patriotic code
The nation as holy grail of the intellectuals: the transcendental code of Romanticism
The people on the barricades: the democratic code
The State-nation up to the founding of Empire: the code of 'Realpolitik'
The national identity of the Germans
Epilogue
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ISBN: 9780521621618
ISBN-10: 0521621615
Series: Cambridge Cultural Social Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 28th August 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.5