The Politics of the Nazi Past in Germany and Austria

The Politics of the Nazi Past in Germany and Austria

by David Art
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521856833

ISBN-13: 9780521856836

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book argues that Germans and Austrians have dealt with the Nazi past very differently and that these differences have had important consequences for political culture and partisan politics in the two countries. Drawing on different literatures in political science, David Art builds a framework for understanding how public deliberation transforms the political…  See more details below

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This book argues that Germans and Austrians have dealt with the Nazi past very differently and that these differences have had important consequences for political culture and partisan politics in the two countries. Drawing on different literatures in political science, David Art builds a framework for understanding how public deliberation transforms the political environment in which it occurs. The book analyzes how public debates about the "lessons of history" created a culture of contrition in Germany that prevented a resurgent far right from consolidating itself in German politics after unification. By contrast, public debates in Austria nourished a culture of victimization that provided a hospitable environment for the rise of right-wing populism. The argument is supported by evidence from nearly 200 semistructured interviews and an analysis of the German and Austrian print media over a twenty-year period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521856836
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Public debates and political change13
3The culture of contrition49
4The victim culture101
5Combating the far right in Germany145
6Taming the far right in Austria?176
7Conclusions and extensions196
App. ACoding scheme for Die Zeit content analysis213
App. BBreakdown of interviews conducted214
App. CCoding semistructured interviews with German politicians215
App. DCoding semistructured interviews with Austrian politicians219
App. EQuestion set - Germany220
App. FQuestion set - Austria221

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