East German Distinctiveness in a Unified Germany by Jonathan Grix, Paul Cooke

By Jonathan Grix, Paul Cooke

Creation - the character of study - The 'Nuts and Bolts' of study - Getting all started in examine - The development Blocks of study - Introducing the major study Paradigms - the categories and makes use of of idea in study - Introducing study equipment - educational criteria, Plagiarism and Ethics in study - end: precis of Key issues - Appendix 1: phases of study - Appendix 2: word list of phrases - Bibliography.

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E. a belief that something binds a people together and excludes others. 32 The SED appears to have underestimated the power of subjective and emotive aspects of identity and overestimated its ability to change people's self-perception. The unification process highlights the fact that identity is highly subjective. What mattered at the time was GDR-citizens' self-identification as Germans, something they had in common with their neighbours in the Federal Republic. However, to a certain extent they had clearly developed in a different direction, but this would only come to light after unification.

See M. Howard, 'The East Germans as an Ethnic Group', German Politics and Society, 13/2 (1995). See L. McFalls, Communism's Collapse, Democracy's Demise? The Cultural Context and Consequences of the East German Revolution (New York: 1995). Cf. L. McFalls, 'Political Culture, Partisan Strategies, and the PDS: Prospects for an Eastern German Party', German Politics and Society, 13/1 (1995). Although it is statistically improbable that the findings of a survey of 80 Eastern Germans be representative of the nuances and variations within the entire population, the findings I report here reflect the areas of overwhelming consensus among my respondents.

Schweigler's National Consciousness in Divided Germany (London: 1975). Schweigler, a pupil of Karl Deutsch, accepted the limitations of his data but nevertheless believed that the question was no longer whether or not one German nation still existed, but whether or not it could be resurrected. Only with difficulty, he believed, since the answer to the German question appeared to be 'two Germanics, not one'. Schweigler, pp. 277-81. For a retrospective evaluation of GDR-identity see A. McElvoy, The Saddled Cow.

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