After Hitler: Recivilizing Germans, 1945-1995 / Edition 1

After Hitler: Recivilizing Germans, 1945-1995 / Edition 1

by Konrad H. Jarausch
     
 

ISBN-10: 019512779X

ISBN-13: 9780195127799

Pub. Date: 08/31/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In the spring of 1945, as the German army fell in defeat and the world first learned of the unspeakable crimes of the Holocaust, few would have expected that, only half a century later, the Germans would emerge as a prosperous people at the forefront of peaceful European integration. How did the Germans manage to recover from the shattering experience of defeat in

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In the spring of 1945, as the German army fell in defeat and the world first learned of the unspeakable crimes of the Holocaust, few would have expected that, only half a century later, the Germans would emerge as a prosperous people at the forefront of peaceful European integration. How did the Germans manage to recover from the shattering experience of defeat in World War II and rehabilitate themselves from the shame and horror of the Holocaust? In After Hitler, Konrad H. Jarausch shows how Germany's determination to emphasize civility and civil society, destroyed by the Nazi regime, helped restore the demoralized nation during the post-war period. Unlike other intellectual inquiries into German efforts to deal with the Nazi past, After Hitler primarily focuses on the practical lessons a disoriented people drew from their past misdeeds, and their struggle to create a new society with a sincere and deep commitment to human rights. After Hitler offers a comprehensive view of the breathtaking transformation of the Germans from the defeated Nazi accomplices and Holocaust perpetrators of 1945 to the civilized, democratic people of today's Germany.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195127799
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Rupture of Civilization
Part I: Forced Reorientation
1. Renouncing War
2. Questioning the Nation
3. Rejecting the Plan
Preconditions of Freedom
Part II: Contradictory Modernization
4. Embracing the West
5. Arriving at Democracy
6. Protesting Authority
Paradoxes of Modernity
Part III: Challenges of Civil Society
7. Abandoning Socialism
8. Searching for Normalcy
9. Fearing Foreignness
Implications of Upheaval
Conclusion: Contours of the Berlin Republic
Index

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