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After Hitler: Recivilizing Germans, 1945-1995
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 Wa ...more
Hardcover, 379 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 2006)
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I used this as the textbook for a class on post-war Germany. Jarausch goes beyond a recitation of dates and events to investigate aspects of intellectual history and "Alltagsgeschichte," or history of daily life, all while pursuing a central, organizing question: have the Germans in fact rejoined the "civilized world" and established a robust, democratic civil society? (On balance his answer is "yes.") The result is a book that attempts to communicate not only what the Germans did and had done t ...more
I was expecting a survey, but was happily surprised to find instead a series of very interesting thematic essays on Germany's reintegration into the West after World War II. I'm not entirely convinced about the theme of "recivilization." Though it is an interesting way to breathe new life into the "Sonderweg" paradigm, in the end I'm not sure this is a paradigm worth saving. Furthermore, I thought that he at times takes too much advantage of the linguistic links between "civilization," "civilian ...more
This book is an open ended description of the pathway followed by the germans after the end of World War II. It's an interesting approach for at least two reasons: first, by allowing the reader to know more about such a long and difficult path, a path that is still not finished today; second, it will allow the reader to reflect about how other nations may deal with traumatic events, namely, his own country. Sometimes, we may think that Germany was unique in certain regards. I think we should kno ...more
A series of thoughtful essays about German culture and polity in the postwar era. I found his description of the emergent narratives of the "rupture of civilization" and the "suffering of the nation" compelling, and were connected to the tensions between the "urge to purge" Nazis and remnants of Nazism (supporting the belief that the Nazis were somehow identifiably outside the German norm) and the desire to forget and erase. Other essays discuss the reasons and effects of the German rejection of ...more
This was almost the most scholarly work that I have read, in the way it was written, but still interesting enough for me to finish it. It talks a lot about the total change in culture that had to happen for Germany to recover from the Nazi regime, and it made me think a lot.