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Germany - 2 (Inventing the Nation) by Stefan Berger (Paperback)

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Fully revised and updated, the new edition of Germany explains the diverse ways in which national identity has been constructed over more than three centuries. It highlights the plurality of contested definitions of 'Germanness'. The themes covered include

- The struggles between the small-German and the greater-German movements in the 19th century and those between democratic and non-democratic inventions of the nation
- The construction of the racial nation under Nazism
- Economic definitions of the nation, foreigners and 'Germanness'
- The gendering of the national discourse, the nation as community of memory
- The federal nature of German nationalism
- The impact of war on the construction of German national identity

Including two completely new chapters on Germany from the Middle Ages to 1750 and on Germany since its reunification in 1990, this book uses history and historiography, as well as literature, art, architecture, music and a range of other disciplines to provide answers to a question which has haunted Germans ever since it was first asked by Ernst Moritz Arndt: 'What is a German's fatherland?'

Fully revised and updated, the new edition of Inventing the Nation: Germany explains the diverse ways in which national identity has been constructed over more than three centuries and with eight different territorial states all claiming to be German. It highlights the plurality of contested definitions of 'Germanness'. The themes covered include the struggles between democratic and non-democratic inventions of the nation, the construction of the racial nation under Nazism, economic definitions of the nation, foreigners and 'Germanness', the gendering of the national discourse, and the impact of war on the construction of German national identity.


Not only does the book use history and historiography, but also literature, art, architecture, music and a range of other disciplines to provide answers to the question which has haunted Germans ever since it was first asked by Ernst Moritz Arndt: 'What is a German's fatherland?'

Number of Pages: 320 p. ;
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Europe
Series Title: Inventing the Nation
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Book theme: Germany
Author: Stefan Berger
Language: English
Street Date: August 8, 2019
TCIN: 16108664
UPC: 9781849665384
Item Number (DPCI): 247-21-3562
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