Another Country: German Intellectuals, Unification, and National Identity

Another Country: German Intellectuals, Unification, and National Identity

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by Jan-Werner Müller
     
 

How did German intellectuals react to unification and how have they conceived the country's national identity and its new international position? This important book not only examines changing notions of nationhood and their complicated relationship to the Nazi past but also charts the wider history of the development of German political thought since World War… See more details below

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How did German intellectuals react to unification and how have they conceived the country's national identity and its new international position? This important book not only examines changing notions of nationhood and their complicated relationship to the Nazi past but also charts the wider history of the development of German political thought since World War II—while critically reflecting on some of the continuing blind spots among German writers and thinkers.

Jan-Werner M�ller explains why many intellectuals reacted so defensively to unification and why unification plunged the Left in particular into a major crisis that is yet to be overcome. He analyzes the responses of G�nter Grass, J�rgen Habermas, and others of the so-called skeptical generation, who broke with the tradition of the illiberal interwar intellectuals and reinvented themselves as a "democratic elite" who sought to transform political culture after the war—and tried to do so again after 1989. He discusses the German idea of "constitutional patriotism" as well as the antinationalism of the "generation of 1968," and provides the first full-scale analysis of Germany's "New Right." Written clearly and elegantly, the book assesses the acrimonious debates about the future of the nation-state and public memory in Germany and offers more general reflections on the role intellectuals can play in post-totalitarian societies.

About the Author:B Jan-Werner M�ller is a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and has recently held a senior visiting fellowship at the Remarque Institute at New York University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300083880
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.23(d)

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