National indifference is one of the most innovative notions historians have brought to the study of nationalism in recent years. The concept questions the mass character of nationalism in East Central Europe at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Ordinary people were not in thrall to the nation; they were often indifferent, ambivalent or opportunistic when dealing with issues of nationhood. As with all ground-breaking research, the literature on national indifference has not only revolutionized how we understand nationalism, over time, it has also revealed a new set of challenges. This volume brings together experienced scholars with the next generation, in a collaborative effort to push the geographic, historical, and conceptual boundaries of national indifference 2.0.
Aurel Kolnai's The War against the West remains one of the most insightful analyses of Nazi thought ever written. First published in 1938 it was a revelation for many readers. Quite different in tone and approach from most other analyses of Nazism available in English, it was remarkable for the thoroughness with which it discussed the writings of Nazi thinkers and for the seriousness with which it took their views. In this edited collection published eighty years after the original book, a team of distinguished scholars reassess this classic text and also consider its continued relevance to contemporary politics. They address issues such as the comparison of Nazism and communism, anti-Semitism, British and American perceptions of the Reich before the war and the Nazi legal theory of Carl Schmitt. This book is a vital source for historians of Nazism and Fascism.
The European pattern and the German case / J(c)ơrgen Kocka -- Liberalism and the middle classes in Europe / Dieter Langewiesche -- Nobility and middle classes in nineteenth-century Europe : a comparative study / Werner Mosse -- Businessmen and the bourgeoisie in western Europe / Youssef Cassis -- The example of the English middle class / Eric Hobsbawm -- Working-class and middle-class associations : an Anglo-German comparison, 1820-1870 / Christiane Eisenberg -- Moral standards and business behaviour in nineteenth-century Germany and Britain / Richard Tilly -- Honour and middle-class cultures : the history of the duel in England and Germany / Ute Frevert -- Property rights and the status of women in Germany and England / Ursula Vogel
This volume, by a distinguished group of historians and political scientists, makes an original contribution to the history of democracy in modern Europe. It examines the history of liberalism, anti-Semitism, and democracy. The strengths and weaknesses of political liberalism, its complex historical relationship with anti-Semitism in Germany and Austria, and the development of democratic political cultures in Europe since the Second World War are explored. The book also discusses the concept of citizenship and human rights and the transfer of constitutional arrangements and party programmes across different regimes. The volume addresses both specific historical problems and comparative issues and ranges, for example, from the cultural history of Jewish violinists to the significance of the 1998 Red-Green coalition in Germany.
Text of discussion held in Warsaw in November 1993, on the recent history of Poland and Germany, the derelictions of the Left, the traumas of post-Communism and the choices facing these countries in the new Europe. Michnik explains the failures of Poland's Catholic hierarchy; Habermas warns that Eastern Europe can gain nothing from accepting the tutelage of Germany, and argues that the promotion of a radical democracy must inform the politics of the Left.
Has Germany changed after the reunification? Is the country still actively involved in the building of Europe? Is it still a leader in the European Union & will the French-German axis still be the focal point of Europe? Does Germany strive to go beyond European boundaries to take a more incisive role in the international scene? How will the relationship between Italy & Germany develop in the future? In order to find answers to these & other questions on Germany's foreign politics, the University of Pavia held four conferences between Nov & Dec 2003, for Political Science students specializing in European integration & history of international relations. Two Italian & two German lecturers offered different perspectives on contemporary Germany & its relation with Italy & Europe. M. Williamson
The author talks about Loewe's ballads & their patriotic content, about national history in a romantic light that was so loved during the 19th century not only in Germany but in all of Western Europe. The author questions whether the patriotic wave flooding Germany can last. E. Sanchez
Land, people, society -- A turbulent history is prologue to the present -- Germany divided and unified -- Political and popular culture -- Constitutional principles and political institutions -- Political parties in a democratic polity -- Election outcomes and voting trends -- Organized interest groups and social movements -- Socioeconomic policies and performance -- Germany in Europe and the world -- Germany in the twenty-first century
Introduction : point of departure -- Turkey. The nature of the headscarf controversy in Turkey : popular discourse -- Understanding a complex history -- The role of the European Court of Human Rights -- Europe and the United States. Anti-Islamic discourses in Europe -- France -- Germany -- The United States : from melting pot to Islamophobia -- Conclusion
Starting in the 18th century, the majority of the world's Jews lived in Eastern Europe. The region remained the centre of Jewish life - until the Holocaust. But in both disciplines, in Jewish History and in East European History, research on East European Jews lived in the shadows. In Germany, such research is inseparably connected with 20th century history. After the First World War and the wave of Russian-Jewish immigration to Germany that followed, Jewish history flourished. After 1933, 'research on Jews' became an anti-Semitic discipline, which, from 1939 onward, served German policies of occupation and annihilation. In the postwar era, Jewish history was initially taboo. Not until the mid-1960s were the first chairs of Jewish Studies established. It was only in the 1980s that East European History, which was then oriented towards social history, began to examine Jews in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Today, the study of East European Jewish history has become a paradigm for transnational and global historical questions. Adapted from the source document.
The return of the European Jewish diaspora / Y. Michal Bodemann -- Can one reconcile the Jewish world and Europe? / Diana Pinto -- Residues of empire : the paradigmatic meaning of Jewish trans-territorial experience for an integrated European history / Dan Diner -- Can the experience of diaspora Judaism serve as a model for Islam in today's multicultural Europe? / Sander Gilman -- Learning diaspora : German Turks and the Jewish narrative / Y. Michal Bodemann and Gökçe Yurdakul -- Jewish studies or gentile studies? : a discipline in search of its subject / Liliane Weissberg -- How Jewish is it? : W.G. Sebald and contemporary German-Jewish writing / Leslie Morris -- Homo Sovieticus in Disneyland : the Jewish communities in Germany today / Judith Kessler -- Fifteen years of Russian-Jewish immigration to Germany: successes and setbacks / Julius H. Schoeps and Olaf Glöckner -- In the ethnic twilight : the paths of Russian Jews in Germany / Y. Michal Bodemann with Olena Bagno