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Beyond the national narrative: implications of reunification for recent German history

Jenseits der Nationalen Meistererzählung: Implikationen der Wiedervereinigung für die deutsche Geschichtsschreibung

Jarausch, Konrad H.


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Abstract "This essay addresses the interpretative implications of German unification. First, the precise interaction between the international framework of détente and the internal dynamics of the democratic awakening has to be traced in order to explain the surprising overthrow of Communism and the return of a German national state. Therefore part of the history of the years 1990-2010 in Germany, sometimes referred to as the 'Berlin Republic', can be understood as working out the consequences of unification. But then it must also be realized, that a growing part is also composed of other issues such as globalization, immigration and educational reform. Hence the resumption of the national narrative is a backward-looking perspective that blocks the recognition of more recent problem areas that cannot be dealt with by telling a success story about the Federal Republic. Instead a history of the present require an engagement with new transnational issues of postmodern modernity." (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter Federal Republic of Germany; reunification; historiography; paradigm change; essay; Berlin; republic; narration; nation; postmodernism; modernization; globalization; Socialist Unity Party of Germany (GDR); regime; fight against terrorism; transatlantic relations; solidarity; EU expansion; eastwards expansion; NATO
Klassifikation allgemeine Geschichte
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2012
Seitenangabe S. 327-346
Zeitschriftentitel Historical Social Research, Supplement (2012) 24
Heftthema Contemporary history as transatlantic project: the German problem 1960-2010
ISSN 0963-6784
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht-kommerz.