Introduction: Honecker’s Germany – a world of the past?

Anna Saunders

in Honecker’s Children

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780719074110
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703014 | DOI:
Introduction: Honecker’s Germany – a world of the past?

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about youth patriotism in the GDR. It examines the relationship between young East(ern) Germans and two German states (the GDR and post-unification Germany) during a period of unique change and explores the extent to which each state has attempted to form a young generation loyal to its image and ideology, and how, in turn, young people have responded. It also investigates the loyalties of young people before and after unification in equal measure and considers the government's educational programmes to promote patriotism.

Keywords: youth patriotism; GDR; Eastern Germans; post-unification Germany; educational programmes

Chapter.  8832 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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