From 1968 to the Eve of Reunification

Peter M. R. Stirk

in Twentieth-Century German Political Thought

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622900
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652730 | DOI:
From 1968 to the Eve of Reunification

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The year 1968, with its student radicalism, seemed in retrospect to mark a turning point in the intellectual history of the Federal Republic. The call for direct democracy seemed to invoke visions of identitarian models of democracy that were regarded as one of the flaws in German political thought. Economic globalisation and the continuing uncertainties of the Cold War division of Europe compounded those concerns. The increased room for manoeuvre which the Federal Republic seemed to enjoy at the end of the 1960s and during the détente of the 1970s gave way to the more ideologically charged atmosphere of the second Cold War of the 1980s. Attitudes ranged from stubborn insistence upon the reality of the nation as an ethnic category, mixed with resentment against what was presented as an enforced division in the wake of a lost war.

Keywords: Federal Republic; student radicalism; German political thought; democracy; economic globalisation; Cold War

Chapter.  10116 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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