Beyond the Swastika

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Beyond the Swastika

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Since unification, alarmist reports of neo-Nazi attacks against foreign workers and new immigrants have led to fears that Germany is reverting to a xenophobic nationalist stance. Peter O'Brien argues that fears of a resurgent German nationalism are overstated. He traces, in the policies of the Federal Republic, a longstanding and steadily increasing commitment to the liberal principles of the Basic Law, which legally protect foreigners from hostile German nationalism. The real cause for concern in Germany, O'Brien argues, is the very entrenched liberalism which holds nationalism in check; a 'technocratic liberalism' which overzealously protects Germany's liberal democracy and prevents minority groups from achieving full rights of political participation.

ISBN

9780415138512

Publication Date

1996

Publisher

Routledge

City

London

Keywords

Germany, ethnic relations, nationalism, liberalism, racism, xenophobia

Disciplines

Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Table of Contents

1. Germany Between Nationalism and Liberalism -- 2. Escaping the Past -- 3. Liberalizing Auslanderpolitik 1969-1982 -- 4. Conservative Liberalism 1982-1990 -- 5. United Germany: Bundesrepublik or Deutschland?

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