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Germany and 'The West'

The History of a Modern Concept

Riccardo Steber, Martina Bavaj

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"This is an ambitious volume that provides in-depth coverage of German attitudes and interpretations of 'the West,' and how these have changed over time . . . A particular value of this volume is its use of German sources, making German-based arguments and interpretations available to English-speaking academia." · Giles Scott-Smith, Leiden University

"[This] volume provides an impressive overview of the history of German images and perceptions of 'the West,' its changing meanings and importance over a long period of time. It unites the foremost experts on this subject." · Egbert Klautke, University College London

"The West" is a central idea in German public discourse, yet historians know surprisingly little about the evolution of the concept. Contrary to common assumptions, this volume argues that the German concept of the West was not born in the twentieth century, but can be traced from a much earlier time. In the nineteenth century, "the West" became associated with notions of progress, liberty, civilization, and modernity. It signified the future through the opposition to antonyms such as "Russia" and "the East," and was deployed as a tool for forging German identities. Examining the shifting meanings, political uses, and transnational circulations of the idea of "the West" sheds new light on German intellectual history from the post-Napoleonic era to the Cold War.

Riccardo Bavaj is a Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of St Andrews. From 2009 to 2012 he was a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His publications include "'The West': A Conceptual Exploration" in European History Online (2011) and Die Ambivalenz der Moderne im Nationalsozialismus (2003).

Martina Steber is a Research Fellow at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin. Her publications include Ethnische Gewissheiten: Die Ordnung des Regionalen im bayerischen Schwaben vom Kaiserreich bis zum NS-Regime (2010) and Visions of Community in Nazi Germany: Social Engineering and Private Lives, edited with Bernhard Gotto (2014).

Riccardo Bavaj is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews. His publications include Der Nationalsozialismus: Entstehung, Aufstieg und Herrschaft (2016) and "'The West': A Conceptual Exploration" in European History Online (2011).

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Herausgeber Riccardo Bavaj, Martina Steber
Seitenzahl 328
Erscheinungsdatum 01.04.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78238-597-4
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Maße (L/B/H) 23.6/15.9/2.7 cm
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  • Preface

    Introduction: Germany and 'the West': The Vagaries of a Modern Relationship
    Riccardo Bavaj & Martina Steber

    PART I: RISES AND SILENCES OF 'THE WEST'

    Chapter 1. In Search of 'the West': The Language of Political, Social and Cultural Spaces in the Sattelzeit, from about 1770 to the 1830s
    Bernhard Struck

    Chapter 2. The Kaiserreich and the Kulturländer: Conceptions of the West in Wilhelmine Germany, 1890-1914
    Mark Hewitson

    Chapter 3. World War I and the Invention of 'Western Democracy'
    Marcus Llanque

    Chapter 4. Perceptions of 'the West' in Twentieth-Century Germany
    Anselm Doering-Manteuffel

    PART II: EAST-WEST ENTANGLEMENTS

    Chapter 5. Russian and German Ideas of the West in the Long Nineteenth Century: Entanglements of Spatial Identities
    Denis Sdvizkov

    Chapter 6. 'Orient' and 'Occident', 'East' and 'West' in the Discourse of German Orientalists, 1790-1930
    Douglas T. McGetchin

    Chapter 7. German Jews and the West: Identification, Dissimilation and Marginalization around the Turn of the Century
    Stefan Vogt

    PART III: LIBERAL AMBIGUITIES AND STRATEGIES OF 'WESTERNIZATION'

    Chapter 8. Between 'East' and 'West'? A Liberal Dilemma, 1830-48/49
    Benjamin Schröder

    Chapter 9. Before 'the West': Rudolf von Gneist's English Utopia
    Frank Lorenz Müller

    Chapter 10. Weimar and 'the West': Liberal Social Thought in Germany, 1914-1933
    Austin Harrington

    Chapter 11. Germany and 'Western Democracies': The Spatialization of Ernst Fraenkel's Political Thought
    Riccardo Bavaj

    PART IV: NATIONALIST SELF-CENTEREDNESS AND CONSERVATIVE ADAPTATIONS

    Chapter 12. 'The West' in German Cultural Criticism during the Long Nineteenth Century
    Thomas Rohkrämer

    Chapter 13. No Place for 'the West': National Socialism and the 'Defence of Europe'
    Philipp Gassert

    Chapter 14. 'The West', Tocqueville, and West German Conservatism from the 1950s to the 1970s
    Martina Steber

    PART V: SOCIALISTS BETWEEN 'EAST' AND 'WEST'

    Chapter 15. 'The West' as a Paradox in German Social Democratic Thought: Britain as Counterfoil and Model, 1871-1945
    Stefan Berger

    Chapter 16. Bridge over Troubled Waters: German Left-Wing Intellectuals between 'East' and 'West', 1945-49
    Dominik Geppert

    Chapter 17. Antipathy and Attraction to the West and Western Consumerism in the German Democratic Republic
    Katherine Pence

    Selected Bibliography
    List of Contributors
    Index