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Different Germans, Many Germanies

New Transatlantic Perspectives

Edited by Konrad H. Jarausch, Harald Wenzel, and Karin Goihl

340 pages, 4 illus., 4 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-430-6 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Published (December 2016)

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“Creative dialogue is palpable in the pages of this rich collection. Together, its chapters make important scholarly contributions to twentieth-century German history and to transatlantic history.” · Michael Kimmage, Catholic University of America

Description

As much as any other nation, Germany has long been understood in terms of totalizing narratives. For Anglo-American observers in particular, the legacies of two world wars still powerfully define twentieth-century German history, whether through the lens of Nazi-era militarism and racial hatred or the nation’s emergence as a “model” postwar industrial democracy. This volume transcends such common categories, bringing together transatlantic studies that are unburdened by the ideological and methodological constraints of previous generations of scholarship. From American perceptions of the Kaiserreich to the challenges posed by a multicultural Europe, it argues for—and exemplifies—an approach to German Studies that is nuanced, self-reflective, and holistic.

Konrad H. Jarausch is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written or edited some forty books on modern German and European history. He has co-directed the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam and co-founded the UNC Center for European Studies. His most recent book is Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century.

Harald Wenzel is Professor of Sociology at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on sociological theory, the sociology of mass media, religion, and catastrophes. Publications include Die Abenteuer der Kommunikation: Echtzeitmassenmedien und der Handlungsraum der Hochmoderne and George Herbert Mead zur Einführung.

Karin Goihl is Academic Coordinator of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. She holds an M.A. in North American Studies and Linguistics from the Freie Universität Berlin and has served the Berlin Program since 1998.

Subject: 20th Century History
Area: Germany



Contents

Preface
Karin Goihl

Introduction
Konrad Jarausch and Harald Wenzel

PART I: RESPONSES TO MODERNITY

Chapter 1. A Modern Reich? American Perceptions of Wilhelmine Germany, 1890-1914
Scott H. Krause

Chapter 2. The Dual Training System: The Southwest’s Contributions to German Economic Development
Hal Hansen

Chapter 3. The “German Forest” as an Emblem of Germany’s Ambivalent Modernity
Jeffrey K. Wilson

Chapter 4. Health as a Public Good: The Positive Legacies of Volksgesundheit
Annette F. Timm

PART II: DEMOCRATIC TRANSFORMATION

Chapter 5. Antifascist Heroes and Nazi Victims: Myth-making and Political Reorientation in Berlin, 1945-1947
Clara M. Oberle

Chapter 6. The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword?: Student Newspapers and Democracy in Postwar West Germany
Brian M. Puaca

Chapter 7. Human Rights, Pluralism and the Democratization of Post-War Germany
Ned Richardson-Little

Chapter 8. African Students and Racial Ambivalence in the GDR during the 1960s
Sara Pugach

PART III: SEARCHING FOR A NEW MODEL

Chapter 9. The “German Model” in Renewable Energy Development
Carol Hager

Chapter 10. Germany’s Approach to the Financial Crisis: A Product of Ordo-Liberalism?
Mark K. Cassell

Chapter 11. Dreams of Divided Berlin: Postmigrant Perspectives on German Nationhood in Die Schwäne vom Schlachthof
Jeffrey Jurgens

PART IV: GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS

Chapter 12. Inventing the German Film as Foreign Film: The Origins of a Fraught Transatlantic Exchange
Sara F. Hall

Chapter 13. Atlantic Transfers of Critical Theory: Alexander Kluge and the U.S. in Fiction
Matthew D. Miller

Chapter 14. Nation and Memory: Redemptive and Reflective Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary Germany
Michael Meng

Bibliography
Index

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