Transformations Of The New Germany

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Much has been made of the Federal Republic of Germany's stubborn disunity more than a decade after unification. This collection demonstrates at once the persistence of the initial anxieties about the new Germany and its rapid absorption of the former German Democratic Republic, and suggests as well a potential optimism, that despite much contemporary domestic disenchantment, the new Germany continues to thrive as a European democracy endeavoring to confront its past and embrace its transformed and increasingly ...

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Overview

Much has been made of the Federal Republic of Germany's stubborn disunity more than a decade after unification. This collection demonstrates at once the persistence of the initial anxieties about the new Germany and its rapid absorption of the former German Democratic Republic, and suggests as well a potential optimism, that despite much contemporary domestic disenchantment, the new Germany continues to thrive as a European democracy endeavoring to confront its past and embrace its transformed and increasingly diverse culture. Transformations of the New Germany proceeds historically from unification to the present tracing a series of case studies from several of unified Germany's highly contested debates.

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Ruth A. Starkman teaches political and social philosophy and ethics at the University of San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Foreword—Russell A. Berman
• Introduction—Ruth A. Starkman
Intellectuals and German History
• Intellectuals, the "Third Way," and German Unification—Brett R. Wheeler
• The Rebirth of Tragedy, History, and German Identity—Stephen Brockmann
• Fear and Loathing after 9/11: German Intellectuals and the American-Debate—Klaus Scherpe
• "Are the Towers Still Standing?": The Fall and Rise of the Literary Intellectual—Alison Lewis
Material Culture East and West
• Born in the "Bakschischrepublik": Anthems of the Late GDR—Patricia Anne Simpson
• Spies, Shell Games, and Bananas: Everyday Symbols and Metaphors in the Process of Cultural Integration of East and West Germany—Gottfried Korff
• Club Cola and Co: Ostalgie, Material Culture, and Identity—Martin Blum
Germany and its Minorities
• Aussiedler and Auslander: Transforming German National Identity—Nora Raethzel
• Immigration and Citizenship in "Berlin Republic," 1990-2002—Hermann Kurthen
• (Re)constructing Community in Berlin: Turks, Jews, and German Responsibility—Jonathan Laurence
• Perpetual Impossibility?: Normalization of German-Jewish Relations in the Berlin Republic—Ruth A. Starkman

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