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Germany and 'The West' : the history of a modern concept

Author: Riccardo Bavaj; Martina Steber
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The West is a central idea in German public discourse, yet historians know surprisingly little about the evolution of the concept. Contrary to common assumptions, this volume argues that the German concept of the West was not born in the twentieth century, but can be traced from a much earlier time. In the nineteenth century, the West became associated with notions of progress, liberty, civilization, and modernity.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Riccardo Bavaj; Martina Steber
ISBN: 9781782385974 1782385975
OCLC Number: 896862075
Description: ix, 317 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Germany and 'the West': The vagaries of a modern relationship / Riccardo Bavaj and Martina Steber --
In search of 'the West': The language of political, social and cultural spaces in the Sattelzeit, from about 1770 to the 1830s / Bernhard Struck --
The Kaiserreich and the Kulturländer: Conceptions of the West in Wilhelmine Germany, 1890-1914 / Mark Hewitson --
The First World War and the invention of 'Western Democracy' / Marcus Llanque --
Perceptions of the West in twentieth-century Germany / Anselm Doering-Manteuffel --
Russian and German ideas of the West in the Long Nineteenth Century: Entanglements of spatial identities / Denis Sdvižkov --
'Orient' and 'Occident', 'East' and 'West' in the discourse of German orientalists, 1790-1930 / Douglas T. McGetchin --
German Jews and the West: Identification, dissimilation and marginalization around the turn of the century / Stefan Vogt --
Between 'East' and 'West'? A liberal dilemma, 1830-1848/49 / Benjamin Schröder --
Before 'the West': Rudolf von Gneist's English utopia / Frank Lorenz Müller --
Weimar and 'the West': Liberal social thought in Germany, 1914-1933 / Austin Harrington --
German and 'Western democracies': The spatialization of Ernst Fraenkel's political thought / Riccardo Bavaj --
'The West' in German cultural criticism during the Long Nineteenth Century / Thomas Rohkrämer --
No place for 'the West': National Socialism and the 'Defence of Europe' / Philipp Gassert --
'The West', Tocqueville and West German conservatism from the 1950s to the 1970s / Martina Steber --
'The West' as a paradox in German social democratic thought: Britain as counterfoil and model, 1871-1945 / Stefan Berger --
Bridge over troubled water: German left-wing intellectuals between 'East' and 'West', 1945-1949 / Dominik Geppert --
Antipathy and attraction to the West and western consumerism in the German Democratic Republic / Katherine Pence.
Responsibility: edited by Riccardo Bavaj & Martina Steber.

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