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German Ideologies Since 1945: Studies in the Political Thought and Culture of the Bonn Republic

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German Ideologies since 1945 explores the development of German political thought in the post-war period. The contributors analyze to what extent the much debated Westernization and Americanization of German political culture was reflected in or even driven by political thinkers. They also illuminate the complex ways in which older German traditions were abandoned or adapted to the situation after 1945, while Western traditions were appropriated (or misappropriated) to suit German needs. This volume is the first ...

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Overview

German Ideologies since 1945 explores the development of German political thought in the post-war period. The contributors analyze to what extent the much debated Westernization and Americanization of German political culture was reflected in or even driven by political thinkers. They also illuminate the complex ways in which older German traditions were abandoned or adapted to the situation after 1945, while Western traditions were appropriated (or misappropriated) to suit German needs. This volume is the first comprehensively to chart the paths of post-war conservatism and neo-conservatism; the first to make sense of the political thinking of the student rebels of 1968; and the first to analyze the development of distinctively German brands of civic republicanism and multiculturalism. The contributors also pay particular attention to the shifting cultural contexts and institutional bases of political thought, such as the peculiar German university culture and the world of intellectual magazines.

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"Today, there is no shortage of serious academic studies of German intellectual, cultural, and political life leading up to the Second World War. There has been, however, a strange silence in the anglophone world about Germany's post-war development and, consequently, there is great ignorance about the ways in which Germany has changed. This volume is an excellent introduction to the political thought and culture of post-war Germany and provides necessary background for understanding what role that important country might play in European and world politics."
—Mark Lilla, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago

"The editor has assembled a fine collection of essays that succeeds impressively on two levels: It explores the re-emergence of engaged political discourse in a country recovering from the systematic abuse of political thinking, and it advances our understanding of modern ideologies as complex, subtle and flexible fields of meaning."
—Michael Freeden, Mansfield College, Oxford University

"Jan-Werner Mueller is in the top flight of a small number of scholars who have brought to bear the perspectives of the 'new intellectual history' upon the analysis of postwar Germany. German Ideologies since 1945 assembles a distinguished group of historians who are all firmly committed to putting intellectual discourses and debates into the larger socio-political landscape of the Federal Republic since the defeat of Nazism. While leftist political thought, Critical Theory, and the impact of the radical 1960s and 1970s are illuminatingly covered by internationally known authors, the contributions on the evolution of post-Nazi conservatism fill a particularly large gap in our knowledge of technocratic and New Right ideologies and make this a truly outstanding collection both in terms of its comprehensiveness and its intellectual cohesion."
—V. R. Berghahn, Seth Low Professor of History, Columbia University

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Jan-Werner Müller is a Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Putting German Political Thought in Context—Jan-Werner Müller
1: The Transformation of German Political Thought in the Post-War Period
• Restoring the German Spirit: Humanism and Guilt in Post-War Germany—Anson RabinbachNormative Westernization? - The Impact of Remigres on the Formation of Political Thought in Post-War Germany—Alfons Söllner
• Habermas's Reconstruction of West German Law and the Sozialstaat Controversy—John P. McCormick
• The Westernization of the Political Thought of the West German Labour Movement—Julia Angster
II: Critical Theory and the Legacies of 1968
• Post-War Ideologies and the Body Politics of 1968—Dagmar Herzog
• 1968 as Event, Milieu and Ideology—Jan-Werner Müller
• 3: German Conservatism: From Technocratic Conservatism to the New Right* From the Conservative Revolution to Technocratic Conservatism—Dirk van Laak
• German Neo-Conservatism, c.1968 to 1985: Hermann Lübbe and Others—Jerry Muller
• From National Identity to National Interest: The Rise (and Fall) of Germany’s New Right —Jan-Werner Müller
• 4: German Republicanism and the Politics of Recognition* A Tolerant Republic—Rainer Forst
• The Many Faces of the Republic—William A. Barbieri

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