After Hitler Recivilizing Germans, 1945-1995

ISBN-10: 0195374002

ISBN-13: 9780195374001

Edition: 2009

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Description: In the spring of 1945, as the German army fell in defeat and the world first learned of the unspeakable crimes of the Holocaust, few would have expected that, only half a century later, the Germans would emerge as a prosperous people at the forefront of peaceful European integration. How did the Germans manage to recover from the shattering experience of defeat in World War II and rehabilitate themselves from the shame and horror of the Holocaust? In After Hitler, Konrad H. Jarausch shows how Germany's determination to emphasize civility and civil society, destroyed by the Nazi regime, helped restore the demoralized nation during the post-war period. Unlike other intellectual inquiries into German efforts to deal with the Nazi past, After Hitler primarily focuses on the practical lessons a disoriented people drew from their past misdeeds, and their struggle to create a new society with a sincere and deep commitment to human rights. After Hitler offers a comprehensive view of the breathtaking transformation of the Germans from the defeated Nazi accomplices and Holocaust perpetrators of 1945 to the civilized, democratic people of today's Germany.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Introduction: Rupture of Civilization
The Shock of Inhumanity
Interpretations of Nazi Barbarism
Toward a History of Rehabilitation
Forced Reorientation
Renouncing War
Allied Disarmament
Working through Trauma
Longing for Peace
Forgotten Changes
Questioning the Nation
Purging the Nazis
Distancing from Nationalism
A Postnational Nation?
The Nation as Burden
Rejecting the Plan
Forced Restructuring
Return to the Market
The Social Market Economy
Limits of the German Model
Conclusion to Part I: Preconditions of Freedom
Contradictory Modernization
Embracing the West
Personal Encounters
Political Bonding
Popular Americanization
Contradictions of "De-Germanization"
Arriving at Democracy
Formal Democratization
Internalizing Democratic Values
Testing Parliamentary Government
Learned Democracy
Protesting Authority
Opposing Restoration
A Cultural Revolution
A More Liberal Society?
Consequences of Failure
Conclusion to Part II: Paradoxes of Modernity
Challenges of Civil Society
Abandoning Socialism
Dismantling Civic Culture
Reactivating Society
A Civic Revolution
The Loss of Utopia
Searching for Normalcy
Accepting Division
Choosing Unification
Uncertainties of Normality
Civil Society and Nation
Fearing Foreignness
Instrumental Opening
Unexpected Refugee Crisis
The Immigration Struggle
Touchstone of Civility
Conclusion to Part III: Implications of Upheaval
Conclusion: Contours of the Berlin Republic
Civil Learning Processes
Global Challenges
The Task of Civilization
Notes
Index
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