A Berlin Republic

Writings on Germany

; Steven Rendall (Oversetter) ; Peter Uwe Hobendahl (Introduksjon)

A Berlin Republic brings together writings on the new, united Germany by one of their most original and trenchant commentators, Jurgen Habermas. Among other topics, he addresses the consequences of German history, the challenges and perils of the post--Wall era, and Germanya s place in contemporary Europe. Les mer
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A Berlin Republic brings together writings on the new, united Germany by one of their most original and trenchant commentators, Jurgen Habermas. Among other topics, he addresses the consequences of German history, the challenges and perils of the post--Wall era, and Germanya s place in contemporary Europe. Here, as in his earlier The Past as Future, Habermas emerges as an inspired analyst of contemporary German political and intellectual life. He repeatedly criticizes recent efforts by historical and political commentators to a normalizea and, in part, to understate the horrors of modern German history. He insists that 1945 -- not 1989 -- was the crucial turning point in German history, since it was then that West Germany decisively repudiated certain aspects of its cultural and political past (nationalism and antisemitism in particular) and turned towards Western Traditions of democracy: free and open discussion, and respect for the civil rights of all individuals. Similarly, Habermas deplores the renewal of nationalist sentiment in Germany and throughout Europe.
Drawing upon his vast historical knowledge and contemporary insight, Habermas argues for heightened emphasis on trans--European and global democratic institutions -- institutions far better suited to meet the challenges (and dangers) of the next century.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

1. Can We Learn From History?. 2. A Double Past. 3. German Uncertainties. 4. The Need for German Continuities. 5. Between Facts and Norms. 6. Which History Can We Learn From?. Index.

Om forfatteren

Jurgen Habermas is a German philosopher and sociologist in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. He is perhaps best known for his theories on communicative rationality and the public sphere. In 2014, Prospect readers chose Habermas as one of their favourites among the "world's leading thinkers".


Steven Rendall is professor emeritus of romance languages at the University of Oregon. He has translated more than forty books into English.