Culture and Crisis: The Case of Germany and Sweden

Culture and Crisis: The Case of Germany and Sweden

by Lars Trägårdh
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571812695

ISBN-13: 9781571812698

Pub. Date: 10/15/2002

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

It is often argued that Germany and Scandinavia stand at two opposite ends of a spectrum with regard to their response to social-economic disruptions and cultural challenges. Though, in many respects, they have a shared cultural inheritance, it is nevertheless the case that they mobilize different mythologies and different modes of coping when faced with breakdown

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It is often argued that Germany and Scandinavia stand at two opposite ends of a spectrum with regard to their response to social-economic disruptions and cultural challenges. Though, in many respects, they have a shared cultural inheritance, it is nevertheless the case that they mobilize different mythologies and different modes of coping when faced with breakdown and disorder. The authors argue that it is at these "critical junctures," points of crisis and innovation in the life of communities, that the tradition and identity of national and local communities are formed, polarized, and revalued; it is here that social change takes a particular direction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571812698
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/15/2002
Pages:
262

Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Some Questions Concerning the Conceptual History of "Crisis"12
3The Institutionalization of Modernity: Shocks and Crises in Germany and Sweden24
4Moral Community and the Crisis of the Enlightenment: Sweden and Germany in the 1920s and 1930s48
5Crisis and the Politics of National Community: Germany and Sweden, 1933/199475
6Interpreting the Holocaust: Crisis of Modernity or Crisis of German Ideology?110
7Politics and Catastrophe: Why Is the World So Obsessed with German History?120
8Race, Nation, and Folk: On the Repressed Memory of World War II in Sweden and Its Hidden Categories131
9Crisis: The Road to Happiness?155
10The Crisis of Consensus in Postwar Sweden170
11Political Modernity's Critical Juncture in the Course of the French Revolution202
Bibliography219
Index241

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