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Rewriting the German past : history and identity in the new Germany

Author: Reinhard Alter; Peter Monteath
Publisher: N.J. : Humanities Press, 1997.
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The essays collected here offer a sober, informed, and stimulating reassessment of Germany and its past by internationally recognized scholars working from within and outside the new Germany. They all proceed from the recognition that the perspective from which the German past is viewed has changed irrevocably. Unification meant that the German Democratic Republic became history and its history, historiography and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Perth (Westaustralien, 1993)
Kongress
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rewriting the German past.
N.J. : Humanities Press, 1997
(OCoLC)605058659
Online version:
Rewriting the German past.
N.J. : Humanities Press, 1997
(OCoLC)631232977
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Reinhard Alter; Peter Monteath
ISBN: 0391040251 9780391040250 039104026X 9780391040267
OCLC Number: 35911386
Description: vi, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Normalization or renationalization? on reinterpreting the German past / Konrad Jarausch --
Perplexed normalcy: German identity after unification / Hans-Georg Betz --
Defining the Fatherland: immigration and nationhood in pre-and postunification Germany / Hermann Kurthen --
The "Generation of 1989": a new political generation? / Claus Leggewie --
The German sonderweg reconsidered: continuities and discontinuities in modern German history / Reinhard Kühnl --
The German sonderweg after unification / Lutz Niethammer --
Cultural modernity and political identity: from the historians' dispute to the literature dispute / Reinhard Alter --
Reckoning with the past: heroes, victims, and villains in the history of the German Democratic Republic / Mary Fulbrook --
Rewriting the history of the German Democratic Republic: the work of the Commission of Inquiry / Hermann Weber --
Historiography in the German Democratic Republic: rereading the history of national socialism / Wolfgang Ruge --
Rewriting East German history: the role of the churches in the collapse of the German Democratic Republic / John Moses and Gregory Munro --
The path to academic freedom: an East German perspective / Siegfried Hoyer --
Jena and the end of history / Peter Monteath.
Responsibility: edited by Reinhard Alter and Peter Monteath.

Abstract:

The essays collected here offer a sober, informed, and stimulating reassessment of Germany and its past by internationally recognized scholars working from within and outside the new Germany. They all proceed from the recognition that the perspective from which the German past is viewed has changed irrevocably. Unification meant that the German Democratic Republic became history and its history, historiography and its collapse are re-evaluated. The essays examine the possibility of history being used, and possibly abused, in the service of the creation of a new national identity and question the legitimacy of the notion of Germany having followed a "special path" of development - one that could hardly be viewed positively in the wake of the Third Reich - but which suggested that Germany had claims to being a "normal nation." They then go on to consider some of the radical changes to the institutional circumstances within which history is practiced in the united Germany.

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