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- DescriptionThe West is a central idea in German public discourse, yet historians kw surprisingly little about the evolution of the concept. Contrary to common assumptions, this volume argues that the German concept of the West was t born in the twentieth century, but can be traced from a much earlier time. In the nineteenth century the West became associated with tions 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.
- Author BiographyRiccardo 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 fur Zeitgeschichte Munchen-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, ed. with Bernhard Gotto (2014).
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication01/04/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight608 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edited byMartina Steber,Riccardo Bavaj
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