Paradigms of Political Change--Luther, Frederick II, and Bismarck: The Gdr on Its Way to German Unity Jan Herman Brinks

ISBN: 9780874626803

Published: January 1st 2001

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354 pages


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Paradigms of Political Change--Luther, Frederick II, and Bismarck: The Gdr on Its Way to German Unity  by  Jan Herman Brinks

Paradigms of Political Change--Luther, Frederick II, and Bismarck: The Gdr on Its Way to German Unity by Jan Herman Brinks
January 1st 2001 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 354 pages | ISBN: 9780874626803 | 3.35 Mb

style=mso-ansi-language: EN-US>This book by Dutch historian J.H. Brinkscontributes to the study of GDR historiography in the context ofThis book by Dutch historian J.H. Brinkscontributes to the study of GDR historiography in the context ofstyle=mso-ansi-language: EN-US>Germanystyle=mso-ansi-language: EN-US>s national reunification.

The author analyzesthe interrelationship of historical scholarship and the political-ideologicalframework within which the historical profession functioned, especiallyregarding the GDRs self-conception of a separate German socialist nation. Theideological guidelines were closely integrated into a system of politicalcontrol and discipline of the historical profession. History as such occupied avery important place in the hierarchy of academic sciences because of thespecial function it served in legitimating the regime and the rationale of theGDR as an autonomous state.style=mso-ansi-language: EN-US>style=mso-tab-count: 1>style=mso-ansi-language: EN-US>style=mso-tab-count: 1>The authors main thesis touches the central dichotomy within thetradition of German Socialist thought regarding the national question: apersistent attachment to the ideal of a Socialist class-state versus the hopeof a (re)unified German nation-state.

From the early 1980s onward it becameclear that the GDR sought to establish its legitimacy on a much broader basisthan the progressive traditions (style=mso-bidi-font-style: normal>Traditionen) with which it used toidentify itself. Party and state increasingly claimed Germanys national past asthe heritage (Erbe) of theSocialist nation, hence including the historical chapters formerly rejected asthe darker side in German history, such as Lutheranism, Prussian absolutism,and Bismarcks authoritarian Second Empire.style=mso-tab-count: 1>style=mso-ansi-language: EN-US>style=mso-tab-count: 1>style=mso-ansi-language: EN-US>style=mso-tab-count: 1>The concept of tradition in its traditional sense was now understoodmore broadly to comprehend not only the heroic and positive line in history, butalso those who in paving the way for German nationhood had created thepossibility of a Socialist Germany.

In recoveringstyle=mso-ansi-language: EN-US>Germanystyle=mso-ansi-language: EN-US>s national history, originally aimed atcreating a separate GDR national identity, the author argues, historians andideologists in the GDR curiously anticipated the reconstruction ofstyle=mso-ansi-language: EN-US>Germanystyle=mso-ansi-language: EN-US> in1989/90.



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