The parameters of patriotism

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:
The parameters of patriotism

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This chapter examines the specific parameters of patriotism in post-war Germany and the GDR's patriotic programme of the 1980s. It discusses how the state attempted to play off the evils of the imperialist world against the assets of socialism in order to create what was often referred to as ‘socialism in the colours of the GDR’ and describes how the five distinct elements of patriotic education combined to encourage the formation of a patriotic youth. This chapter suggests that the GDR's patriotic programme was relatively successful given the high membership rates in the Free German Youth (FDJ), the demonstrations of apparent loyalty at national anniversaries and the widespread acceptance of the Jugendweihe.

Keywords: patriotism; post-war Germany; GDR; socialism; patriotic education; patriotic youth; FDJ; Jugendweihe

Chapter.  9826 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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