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Fully revised and updated, the new edition of Germany explains the diverse ways in which national identity has been constructed over more than three centuries. It highlights the plurality of contested definitions of 'Germanness'. The themes covered include the struggles between the small-German and the greater-German movements in the 19th century and those between democratic and non-democratic inventions of the nation, the construction of the racial nation under Nazism, economic definitions of the nation, foreigners and 'Germanness', the gendering of the national discourse, the nation as community of memory, the federal nature of German nationalism and the impact of war on the construction of German national identity.

Including two completely new chapters on Germany from the Middle Ages to 1750 and on Germany since its reunification in 1990, this book uses history and historiography, as well as literature, art, architecture, music and a range of other disciplines to provide answers to a question which has haunted Germans ever since it was first asked by Ernst Moritz Arndt: 'What is a German's fatherland?'

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"It is overall an interesting, balanced, and very readable account of a fascinating and pertinent topic."—Central European History

"[Berger's] insightful guide over this slippery but crucial terrain convincingly shows how each different "Germany" was dependent on its predecessors and contemporary events."—CHOICE
Central European History

It is overall an interesting, balanced, and very readable account of a fascinating and pertinent topic.

[Berger's] insightful guide over this slippery but crucial terrain convincingly shows how each different "Germany" was dependent on its predecessors and contemporary events.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340705841
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: Inventing the Nation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 566,138
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefan Berger is Professor of Social History and Director of the Institute of Social Movements and the House for the History of the Ruhr at the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany.

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