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Between German and Eternal Spirit

Wicke, Christian

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Widely remembered for his European identity, Kohl’s (neo)conservative mission was to normalise (West) German nationalism by promoting a particular historical consciousness. Little is known about the origins of Kohl’s historism, which can be traced to his education at the University of Heidelberg, where he graduated with a PhD in History (1958). The ideological continuity in Kohl’s notion of Germany, which was surprisingly stable throughout his career, becomes clearer when taking a close look at...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWicke, Christian
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:23:01Z
dc.date.available2015-12-08T22:23:01Z
dc.identifier.issn2197-0386
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/32697
dc.description.abstractWidely remembered for his European identity, Kohl’s (neo)conservative mission was to normalise (West) German nationalism by promoting a particular historical consciousness. Little is known about the origins of Kohl’s historism, which can be traced to his education at the University of Heidelberg, where he graduated with a PhD in History (1958). The ideological continuity in Kohl’s notion of Germany, which was surprisingly stable throughout his career, becomes clearer when taking a close look at his thesis, which was an early attempt to highlight “positive” endurances in German history. It foreshadowed the frequent manoeuvres during his political life to relativise the Nazi past and to convince the Germans and the world that German history was not only an abnormal historical trajectory leading to 1945, but one that had historically fulfilled the Western standards. In Kohl’s history-politics, the nation was presented as a legitimate and natural entity, worth being defended against any unnatural crosscurrents, like Nazism and communism, to which the entire German nation had fallen victim, before the Federal Republic had emerged as the partial fulfilment of German history on its set path to (re)unification.
dc.publisherKlartext Verlag
dc.sourceMoving The Social
dc.titleBetween German and Eternal Spirit
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume52
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor210307 - European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
local.identifier.absfor210304 - Biography
local.identifier.ariespublicationU5511365xPUB94
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWicke, Christian, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage139
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage170
local.identifier.doi10.13154/mts.52.2014.139-170
local.identifier.absseo950504 - Understanding Europe's Past
local.identifier.absseo940203 - Political Systems
dc.date.updated2021-08-01T08:41:06Z
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