Civic loyalties in the wake of unification

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:
Civic loyalties in the wake of unification

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This chapter examines the longer-term effects of patriotic education in the GDR and its influence in united Germany in order to understand better the nature of both the GDR state and the concept of patriotism. While young east Germans rapidly adapted to western lifestyles in Germany, many of them maintained a critical stance towards the society of united Germany through their political behaviour and support of ‘eastern’ values. The attitudes of young people demonstrate that patriotism and civic unity cannot be imposed from above, but are instead formed through personal experiences on the local level.

Keywords: patriotic education; GDR; patriotism; political behaviour; civic unity; personal experiences

Chapter.  27103 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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