Toward a New Germany

East Germans as Potential Agents of Change

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Author: Adolf Haasen

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1440132909

Category: History

Page: 352

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For many years, Germany has been confronted with the need for political, economic and societal change. In recent federal and state election, the two major political parties have seen an erosion of their electoral acceptance, while newcomers like "Die Linke" (the leftist) party, with strong roots in East Germany, are gaining strength. Problems created by the worldwide financial crisis are exacerbated in Germany by high welfare costs, above average benefits and abundant vacation time, as well as a general entitlement mentality, resisting badly needed change. Help comes from an unexpected quarter: East Germany. In fact, the East German people had to learn tough lessons, living through the experience of two political systems and having to deal with much adversity in the process. Recently, however, a healthy self-confidence and defiant resourcefulness has reappeared after a long period of frustration, hopelessness, and resignation. New developments in the political, economic, and socio-cultural area seem to be harbingers of welcome transformation, which may give the East German people the opportunity to become agents of change toward a new Germany.

Is German Film Moving Towards a `New Patriotism ??

An Analysis of S”nke Wortmann's The Miracle of Bern Based on the Prototype of the American Sports Film of the 1980s

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Author: Philipp Scherzer

Publisher: Diplomica Verlag

ISBN: 3836664534

Category: Photography

Page: 72

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The 4th of July 1954 marks a crucial event in German history. With a 3:2 victory over a Hungarian team that had not been beaten for four whole years West Germany had won the F.I.F.A. World Cup for the first time. Helmut Rahn?'s winning goal instantly revived the spirit of an entire country that not even a decade before had experienced huge devastation in the Second World War and a general sentiment that 'we are somebody again' began to overlie the whole population. This triumph went on to be remembered as the 'Miracle of Bern'. In 2003, German director S nke Wortmann, in collaboration with the German Football Association (D.F.B.), was the first to attempt a full reconstruction of this event in the extent of a feature film. While there had been a certain fear that Wortmann might destroy what had already become a myth in the minds of many Germans, he himself believed that the film was necessary in order to keep the legend alive for a younger generation, who had no direct connection to or never even heard of this renowned event. In the end, Wortmann?'s film The Miracle of Bern drew more than three million people to the box office, thus making it one of the most successful films of 2003 over the whole of Europe, even though some journalists sharply criticized it as being the 'most American German film of all time'. In their opinion, Wortmann's predominant concern was to emphasize the mythical character of West Germany's sporting triumph. This was something that had never been attempted before in German cinema, but of which there are plenty examples in what might be called the 'classic' American sports film of the 1980s. In this regard, however, most reviews remain rather vague. Therefore, this study is aimed to provide a closer analysis of the subject matter, concentrating on the comparison of The Miracle of Bern to three successful 1980s' U.S. sports films, namely Field of Dreams (1989), The Natural (1984) and Hoosiers (1986). Furthermore I would like to suggest possib

Being Jewish in the New Germany

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Author: Jeffrey M. Peck

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813537238

Category: Religion

Page: 215

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Germany today boasts the fastest growing population of Jews in Europe. The streets of Berlin abound with signs of a revival of Jewish culture, ranging from bagel shops to the sight of worshipers leaving synagogue on Saturday. With the new energy infused by Jewish immigration from Russia and changes in immigration and naturalization laws in general, Jeffrey M. Peck argues that we must now begin considering how Jews live in Germany rather than merely asking why they would choose to do so. In Being Jewish in the New Germany, Peck explores the diversity of contemporary Jewish life and the complex struggles within the community-and among Germans in general-over history, responsibility, culture, and identity. He provides a glimpse of an emerging, if conflicted, multicultural country and examines how the development of the European Community, globalization, and the post-9/11 political climate play out in this context. With sensitive, yet critical, insight into the nation's political and social life, chapters explore issues such as the shifting ethnic/national makeup of the population, changes in political leadership, and the renaissance of Jewish art and literature. Peck also explores new forms of anti-Semitism and relations between Jews and Turks-the country's other prominent minority population. In this surprising description of the rebirth of a community, Peck argues that there is, indeed, a vibrant and significant future for Jews in Germany. Written in clear and compelling language, this book will be of interest to the general public and scholars alike.

The Turkish Turn in Contemporary German Literature

Towards a New Critical Grammar of Migration

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Author: L. Adelson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403981868

Category: History

Page: 264

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Challenging the commonplace that suspends migrants between two worlds', this study turns a refreshingly curious eye to complex cultural relations and literary novelties wrought by Turkish migration to Germany. At interpretive and historic crossroads involving dialogue and storytelling, genocide and taboo, and capital and labour in the 1990s. This book illuminates far-reaching imaginative effects that literatures of migration can engender. In critical conversation with Arjun Appadurai, Seyla Benhabib, Homi Bhabha, Rey Chow, Andreas Huyssen, Dominick LaCapra, Doris Sommer, and many others, Adelson probes history and aesthetics as surprisingly twinned indices of national and global transformation at the millennial turn.

The New Germany in the East

Policy Agendas and Social Developments Since Unification

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Author: Christopher Flockton,Eva Kolinsky,Rosalind M. O. Pritchard

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780714650937

Category: Political Science

Page: 286

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Produced with the International Peace Academy in New York, this volume focuses largely on the conflicts of the 1990s and future projects, examining multifacteted issues involved in conflict management, suggesting new approaches and tools for future conflict management.

Goethe in East Germany, 1949-1989

Toward a History of Goethe Reception in the GDR

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Author: Daniel J. Farrelly

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 9781571130655

Category: Criticism

Page: 168

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The first book, in the English-speaking world or elsewhere, to offer an analysis and evaluation of GDR Goethe reception.

Toward a New Catholic Church

The Promise of Reform

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Author: James Carroll

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547607474

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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The National Book Award–winning author “seizes the moment of Catholicism’s sexual-abuse crisis” to call for a Vatican III (Publishers Weekly). Elaborating on “A Call for Vatican III” from his New York Times–bestseller Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, James Carroll proposes a clear agenda for reform, to help committed but concerned Catholics understand the most essential issues facing their Church. He moves beyond current events to suggest new ways for Catholics to approach Scripture, Jesus, and power, and he looks at the daunting challenges facing the Church in a world of diverse beliefs and contentious religious fervor. His thought-provoking case for democracy within the Church illustrates why lay people have already initiated change. Carroll shows that all Catholics—parishioners, priests, bishops, men and women—have an equal stake in ensuring the Church’s future. “The boisterous collapse of trust in the Catholic hierarchy during the pedophile scandals makes it not only important but imperative to heed this eloquent call for a new Ecumenical (this time truly ecumenical) Council.” —Garry Wills, author of Why I Am a Catholic

Speaking the Unspeakable in Postwar Germany

Toward a Public Discourse on the Holocaust

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Author: Sonja Boos

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 080147194X

Category: History

Page: 280

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Speaking the Unspeakable in Postwar Germany is an interdisciplinary study of a diverse set of public speeches given by major literary and cultural figures in the 1950s and 1960s. Through close readings of canonical speeches by Hannah Arendt, Theodor W. Adorno, Ingeborg Bachmann, Martin Buber, Paul Celan, Uwe Johnson, Peter Szondi, and Peter Weiss, Sonja Boos demonstrates that these speakers both facilitated and subverted the construction of a public discourse about the Holocaust in postwar West Germany. The author's analysis of original audio recordings of the speech events (several of which will be available on a companion website) improves our understanding of the spoken, performative dimension of public speeches. While emphasizing the social constructedness of discourse, experience, and identity, Boos does not neglect the pragmatic conditions of aesthetic and intellectual production—most notably, the felt need to respond to the breach in tradition caused by the Holocaust. The book thereby illuminates the process by which a set of writers and intellectuals, instead of trying to mend what they perceived as a radical break in historical continuity or corroborating the myth of a "new beginning," searched for ways to make this historical rupture rhetorically and semantically discernible and literally audible.

Towards a Market in Broadcasting

Communications Policy in the UK and Germany

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Author: C. Potschka

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230370195

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 331

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A comparative analysis of the evolution ofUK and German broadcasting policies, adding to the developing area of comparative research on media and communications policy. The book focuses on processes of marketization and liberalization as they have affected policy-making, national regulatory frameworks and media structures.

A New History of German Cinema

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Author: Jennifer M. Kapczynski,Michael David Richardson

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1571135952

Category: History

Page: 673

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A dynamic, event-centered exploration of the hundred-year history of German-language film.

The Minor Parties of the Federal Republic of Germany

Toward a Comparative Theory of Minor Parties

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Author: S.L. Fisher

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401020795

Category: History

Page: 232

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Minor parties in the United States have been studied both individually and collectively. On the basis of these studies, social scientists have set forth certain generalizations concerning the types of American minor parties, their characteristics, their functions, and the obstacles they face in the American party system. However, in their comparative analysis of political parties, political scientists have generally limited themselves to comments about the major parties. This study examines in detail all the minor parties which have participated in the national elections of the Federal Republic of Germany since its inception in 1949 in light of the descriptive and explanatory generalizations which have been formulated about minor parties in the United States. The purpose of such an analysis is threefold. First, it provides materials on the West German minor parties which will be readily accessible for cross-national research. Second, through comparisons with the West German experience, the generalizations pro duced to explain American minor parties are made more suitable for comparative analysis. Third, and most important, it seeks to demonstrate that some minor parties play an important role in a party system and that, therefore, minor parties should not be ignored in the comparative analysis of political parties. I am deeply indebted to Professors William B. Gwyn and James D. Cochrane for their help on this project. This work could not have been completed without Professor Gwyn's guidance and prodding.

Towards a New Political Economy of Development

States and Regions in the Post-Neoliberal World

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Author: Gerard Strange

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137277386

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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The author offers a fresh analysis of the globalised political economy of development in the wake of the unravelling of neoliberalism and new challenges to US global dominance. Gerard Strange sees development as a phenomenon of vital interest not just to so-called emerging economies like China and the other 'BRICS' but also to world order as a whole. The book suggests that in the post-global financial crisis era all states and regions, including the supposedly dominant ones, must grapple with the problem of how to square development with a form of globalisation in which power is increasingly diffused and contested if not equal. Providing detailed case studies focusing on China, Latin America and the European Union, Strange traces the emergence of new development strategies heavily influenced by the ideas and legacy of Keynes, but updated to take account of globalisation during the neoliberal era. Looking beyond both protectionism and neoliberal austerity, the book sketches out a terrain for world order in which new forms of 'post-Listian' actorness and cooperation make a more equal and stable globalisation feasible.

The Radical Right in Germany

1870 to the Present

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Author: Lee McGowan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317887425

Category: History

Page: 240

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The Radical Right has represented a major element in German politics and society throughout the history of the united country (i.e. since the 1870s), though the understandable concentration on the Third Reich (1933-45) has tended to distort the wider picture. This book explores the history of the radical right through the full span of Germany's life as a nation, thus putting the Third Reich in its natural context, and also emphasising that the attitudes and policies of the radical right did not begin with Hitler's pursuit of power in the 1920s or end with his death in the ruins of Berlin.

The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century

The History of the World, 1901 to the Present

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Author: J M Roberts

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141928492

Category: History

Page: 928

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This dazzling overview of a turbulent century explores both dramatic events and underlying trends. Despite a terrible two-stage 'European civil war' and the traumatic rise and fall of communism, wealth has increased dramatically alongside a four-fold leap in population, women's lives have been transformed, America has assumed undisputed political and cultural leadership. The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century is powerful, international and definitive.

Sport and Physical Education in Germany

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Author: Ken Hardman,Roland Naul

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135802912

Category: Education

Page: 256

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Sport and physical education represent important components of German national life, from school and community participation, to elite, international level sport. This unique and comprehensive collection brings together material from leading German scholars to examine the role of sport and PE in Germany from a range of historical and contemporary perspectives. Key topics include: * sport and PE in pre-war, post war and re-unified Germany * sport and PE in schools * coach education * elite sport and sport science * women and sport * sport and recreation facilities. This book offers an illuminating insight into how sport and PE have helped to shape Germany. It represents fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in the history and sociology of sport, and those working in German studies.

The Mind-body Problem in German Literature, 1770-1830

Wezel, Moritz, and Jean Paul

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Author: Catherine J. Minter,Lecturer in German St Hilda's College Catherine J Minter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199255993

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 182

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This impressive study explores the role of philosophical anthropology - the question of the relationship between mind and body - in the novels and non-fictional writings of Johann Karl Wezel, Philipp Moritz, and Jean Paul. Through a scholarly and lucid discussion of their ideas on humanphysiology and pyschology, as well as the application of these ideas to their aesthetic and moral theories, Catherine Minter suggests that these three important German writers of the late eighteenth century share a common desire: to invest the physical world with spiritual significance.The study traces not only the development in the three authors' views on philosophical anthropology, but also, more generally, in the history of ideas in Germany between 1770 and 1830. As well as making a substantial contribution to the discussion of the origins of anthropology in the eighteenth andnineteenth centuries, it successfully highlights the continuity in German intellectual history between the Late Enlightenment and Romanticism - two periods which are frequently seen as antagonistic.

German Film after Germany

Toward a Transnational Aesthetic

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Author: Randall Halle

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252091442

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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What is the work of film in the age of transnational production? To answer that question, Randall Halle focuses on the film industry of Germany, one of Europe's largest film markets and one of the world's largest film-producing nations. In the 1990s Germany experienced an extreme transition from a state-subsidized mode of film production that was free of anxious concerns about profit and audience entertainment to a mode dominated by private interest and big capital. At the same time, the European Union began actively drawing together the national markets of Germany and other European nations, sublating their individual significances into a synergistic whole. This book studies these changes broadly, but also focuses on the transformations in their particular national context. It balances film politics and film aesthetics, tracing transformations in financing along with analyses of particular films to describe the effects on the film object itself. Halle concludes that we witness currently the emergence of a new transnational aesthetic, a fundamental shift in cultural production with ramifications for communal identifications, state cohesion, and national economies.

Germany in Transit

Nation and Migration, 1955-2005

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Author: Deniz Göktürk,David Gramling,Anton Kaes

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520248945

Category: History

Page: 588

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This ... sourcebook charts ... postwar Germany's irrevocable transformation into a multiethnic immigration country. More than 200 original German texts in English translation illuminate highly contentious debates about citizenship, human rights, multiculturalism, and globalization during the past fifty years - debates that resonate far beyond the country's borders. The book's eleven chapters cover incisive discussions about guest workers, foreigners in East Germany, xenophobia and racism, religion, literature, film, and everyday culture. Juxtaposing voices that range from statesmen and journalists to activists and artists, the collection chronicles utopian visions, violent setbacks, and unexpected consequences. It writes a cultural history of migration in documents.