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Helmut Kohl's Quest for Normality : His Representation of the German Nation and Himself - (Paperback)
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During his political career, Helmut Kohl used his own life story to promote a normalization of German nationalism and to overcome the stigma of the ****** period. In the context of the cold war and the memory of the ****** past, he was able to exploit the combination of his religious, generational, regional, and educational (he has a PhD in History) experiences by connecting nationalist ideas to particular biographical narratives. Kohl presented himself as the embodiment of "normality": a de-radicalized German nationalism which was intended to eclipse any anti-Western and post-national peculiarities. This book takes a biographical approach to the study of nationalism by examining its manifestation in Helmut Kohl and the way he historicized Germany's past.