German Politics and Society
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German Politics and Society

Editor: Jeffrey J. Anderson, Georgetown University


Volume 34 / 2016, 4 issues per volume (spring, summer, autumn, winter)

Subjects: German Studies, Politics, Sociology, History, Economics, Cultural Studies


A joint publication of the BMW Center for German and European Studies (of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). These centers are represented by their directors on the journal's Editorial Committee.

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"Als wär' es ein Stück von uns …"; German Politics and Society Traverses Twenty Years of United Germany

Charles S. Maier

Abstract

This essay looks at postunification Germany through the pages of German Politics and Society. The articles published during this period reveal the evolution of intellectuals' understanding of the unified country—concerns that mirrored changes in social, political, and cultural reality. Of course, academics are beholden to their own histories and Weltanschauung, a fact that produced, at times, prescient, sometimes fragmentary, and sometimes alarmist interpretations and analyses of the country in an attempt to provide orientation. Nevertheless, this review shows how German watchers have slowly up-dated their paradigms and are now not worrying as much about a mellowed, less German country that has fascinated them over the decades.

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