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The resilience of the nation state : cosmopolitanism, holocaust memory and German identity.

Welch, Stephen E. and Wittlinger, Ruth (2011) 'The resilience of the nation state : cosmopolitanism, holocaust memory and German identity.', German politics and society, 29 (3). pp. 38-54.

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to offer a critique of the proposal of “methodological cosmopolitanism“ in theoretical terms and to substantiate this critique by providing an account of the dynamics of collective memory and identity in postunification Germany. In the first part, we look at the arguments about methodological cosmopolitanism and their derivative, the idea of cosmopolitan memory, illustrated by the case of Holocaust memory. In the second part we look at the case of Germany: firstly at its postwar experience of the attempted construction of “postnational“ identity, and then at more recent trends, contemporaneous with the Berlin Republic, towards a “normalization“ of national identity in Germany. The Holocaust plays a crucial, but different, role in each phase, we suggest. In the conclusion we return to more general themes, asking what the German case tells us about the cosmopolitanization thesis more generally.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Cosmopolitanism, Holocaust memory, German identity, Berlin Republic.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (176Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/gps.2011.290303
Publisher statement:This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedited version of an article published in German politics and society. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Welch, Stephen E. and Wittlinger, Ruth (2011) 'The resilience of the nation state : cosmopolitanism, holocaust memory and German identity.', German politics and society, 29 (3). pp. 38-54 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/gps.2011.290303
Record Created:19 Jul 2012 14:35
Last Modified:07 Sep 2012 15:01

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