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Reconfiguring German Identities
Edited by Konrad H. Jarausch and Volker Grasnow
Translated from the German by Alison Brown and Belinda Cooper
320 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-040-3 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 1997)
ISBN 978-1-57181-041-0 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (September 1997)
eISBN 978-1-78920-571-8 eBook
"What emerges from this collection is a picture of a complex society that was neither fully modern nor fully totalitarian ... The dense book provides and illuminating discussion of the difficulties inherent in characterizing the GDR and, in so doing, points the reader in directions that might prove more fruitful." · German Studies Review
The unification of Germany is the most important change in Central Europe in the last four decades. Understanding this rapid and unforeseen development has raised old fears as well as inspired new hopes. In order to make sense out of the bewildering process and to help both expert and lay readers understand the changes and consequences, an American historian and a German social scientist put together this collection of central texts on German unification, the first of its kind. An invaluable reference tool.
Konrad Jarausch is Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His many publications include The Rush to German Unity (1994) and Students, Society, and Politics in Imperial Germany (1982).
Volker Gransow teaches in the Department of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin. One of his more recent publications is The Autistic Walkman (1985).
Subject: Postwar History
Introduction: Reshaping German Identities: Reflections on the Post-Unification Debate
Konrad H. Jarausch
Chapter 1. The Presence of the Past: Culture, Opinion, and Identity in Germany
Konrad H. Jarausch, Hinrich C. Seeba, and David P. Conradt
Chapter 2. Natives, Strangers, and Foreigners: Constituting Germans by Constructing Others
Jeffrey Peck, Mitchell Ash, and Christiane Lemke
Chapter 3. East and West German Identities: United and Divided?
Helga A. Welsh, Andreas Pickel, and Dorothy Rosenberg
Chapter 4. Women, Men and Unification: Gender Politics and the Abortion Struggle Since 1989
Joyce Mushaben, Geoffrey Giles, and Sara Lennox
Chapter 5. Germany and Europe: Finding an International Role
Volker Berghahn, Gregory Flynn, and Paul Michael Lützeler
Postscript: Creative Chaos: Concluding Thoughts on Interdisciplinary Cooperation
List of Contributors
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