Culture and Crisis: The Case of Germany and Sweden

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

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

Meet the Author

Nina Witoszek is Professor of Cultural History at Oslo University.

Lars Trägårdh received his Ph D in history from UC Berkeley and currently co-directs a research project concerning trust and state/civil society relations in Sweden at the Research Institute of Ersta Sköndal University College in Stockholm. His most recent publications include State and Civil Society in Northern Europe (Berghahn Books, 2007), After National Democracy: Rights, Law and Power in America in the New Europe (Hart Publishing, 2004), and with Henrik Berggren Är svensken människa: Oberoende och gemenskap i det moderna Sverige (Norstedts, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Some Questions Concerning the Conceptual History of "Crisis" 12
3 The Institutionalization of Modernity: Shocks and Crises in Germany and Sweden 24
4 Moral Community and the Crisis of the Enlightenment: Sweden and Germany in the 1920s and 1930s 48
5 Crisis and the Politics of National Community: Germany and Sweden, 1933/1994 75
6 Interpreting the Holocaust: Crisis of Modernity or Crisis of German Ideology? 110
7 Politics and Catastrophe: Why Is the World So Obsessed with German History? 120
8 Race, Nation, and Folk: On the Repressed Memory of World War II in Sweden and Its Hidden Categories 131
9 Crisis: The Road to Happiness? 155
10 The Crisis of Consensus in Postwar Sweden 170
11 Political Modernity's Critical Juncture in the Course of the French Revolution 202
Bibliography 219
Index 241
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