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Historical Memory and the Plea for a National Interests Based German Foreign Policy

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Nijhuis, Ton

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Abstract The events of 1989 & unification changed the Federal Republic of Germany's position in Europe significantly, & have forced the nation to reorient its foreign policy. Here, the relationship between historical memory & contemporary foreign policy in Germany is explored, both in terms of how remembering the past influences ideas about contemporary politics, & the role of the debate on a new German foreign policy in the ongoing struggle in the interpretation of the German past & national identity. This question is especially relevant in light of the renewed vigor evident in the battle for cultural dominance since unification.
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords German Reunification; Federal Republic of Germany; Foreign Policy; Collective Memory; National Identity; Postcommunist Societies; Europe
Document language English
Publication Year 1998
Page/Pages p. 205-217
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 6 (1998) 2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications