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Author: Konrad H. Jarausch
ISBN: 0195085779
Language: English
Pages: 304 pages
Category: Humanities
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 24, 1994)
Rating: 4.3
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Konrad H. Jarausch draws on the rich sources produced by the collapse of the GDR and on the public debate in the . An ideal source for general readers and students, The Rush to German Unity explores whether solving the old German problem has merely created new difficulties.

Konrad H. Jarausch draws on the rich sources produced by the collapse of the GDR and on the public debate in the FRG. Beginning with vivid media images, the text probes the background of a problem, traces its treatment and resolution and then reflects on its implications. Combining an insider's insights with an outsider's detachment, the interpretation balances the celebratory and the catastrophic views. The unification process was democratic, peaceful and negotiated. Jarausch (born 14 August 1941 in Magdeburg, Germany) is a German-American historian and the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The focus of his work has been German history, with his earlier work being on Hitler’s rise to power, and his later work more concerned with East Germany, re-unification and cultural democratization. He is the son of a German soldier and considered a critic of the Third Reich(see Shattered Past).

The bringing down of the Berlin Wall is one of the most vivid images and historical events of the late twentieth century. The reunification of Germany has transformed the face of Europe. In one stunning year, two separate states with clashing ideologies, hostile armies, competing economies, and incompatible social systems merged into one. The speed and extent of the reunification was so great that many people are still trying to understand the events. Initial elation has given way to the realities and problems posed in reuniting two such different systems.

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Rush to German Unity is contemporary history at its best. Konrad Jarausch avoids reductionism in favor of richness and texture as he recounts the 'discoursive struggle' surrounding the events that brought German unity in 1990. -Gregory Flynn, Georgetown University

Rush to German Unity is contemporary history at its best. -Gregory Flynn, Georgetown University.

An historical event of the first magnitude, German unification has transformed the face of Europe. This historical reconstruction of the momentous event provides informed analyses for both students of German history and historians requiring more information on the reunification process. You can ask us about this book and we'll send an answer to your e-mail.

Konrad Jarausch asks us to think of postwar German history-of West and East Germany in tandem-as a 'civilizing process,' as the lengthy and contorted effort of learning to live in empathy, where enmity had reigned supreme and a literally murderous war had destroyed the foundations o. .

Konrad Jarausch asks us to think of postwar German history-of West and East Germany in tandem-as a 'civilizing process,' as the lengthy and contorted effort of learning to live in empathy, where enmity had reigned supreme and a literally murderous war had destroyed the foundations of civility. -Michael Geyer, University of Chicago.

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Mr Very helpful here is that Mr. Jarausch eschews triumphalism, which mars the majority of works on German reunity.

Jarausch has writen a detailed and comprehensive look at the latest German revolution and recreation of the German State. Beginning with the first tentative steps of protest to the packed streets of the Wende and the first holes in the Wall, we end the book with an elected and reunited Germany and an honest assessment of its pros and cons. Very helpful here is that Mr.

The bringing down of the Berlin Wall is one of the most vivid images and historic events of the late twentieth century. The reunification of Germany has transformed the face of Europe. In one stunning year, two separate states with clashing ideologies, hostile armies, competing economies, and incompatible social systems merged into one. The speed and extent of the reunification was so great that many people are still trying to understand the events. Initial elation has given way to the realities and problems posed in reuniting two such different systems.The Rush to German Unity presents a clear historical reconstruction of the confusing events. It focuses on the dramatic experiences of the East German people but also explores the decisions of the West German elite. Konrad H. Jarausch draws on the rich sources produced by the collapse of the GDR and on the public debate in the FRG. Beginning with vivid media images, the text probes the background of a problem, traces its treatment and resolution and then reflects on its implications. Combining an insider's insights with an outsider's detachment, the interpretation balances the celebratory and the catastrophic views. The unification process was democratic, peaceful and negotiated. But the merger was also bureaucratic, capitalistic and one-sided. Popular pressures and political manipulation combined to create a rush to unity that threatened to escape control. The revolution moved from a civic rising to a national movement and ended up as reconstruction from the outside. An ideal source for general readers and students, The Rush to German Unity explores whether solving the old German problem has merely created new difficulties.
Comments (3)
Funny duck
An authoritative account of the events in the former East Germany before the Berlin Wall fell. I certainly was not aware of the courage of the many East Germans (in all walks of life) whose evident discontent and courage in opposing the existing Communist regime was so crucial in creating the circumstances that led to the fall of the Wall.
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Mr. Jarausch has writen a detailed and comprehensive look at the latest German revolution and recreation of the German State. Beginning with the first tentative steps of protest to the packed streets of the Wende and the first holes in the Wall, we end the book with an elected and reunited Germany and an honest assessment of its pros and cons.

Very helpful here is that Mr. Jarausch eschews triumphalism, which mars the majority of works on German reunity. Whether you're in the pro or anti-reunion camp (and I'm in the latter) you can't fault Mr. Jarausch's thorough examination of causes and events, and deep insights into the motives and character of all parties concerned. I'll spare the reader my opinions as to why I think this unity was a rush job in more ways than one, and for less than noble motives, except to endorse a thorough reading of this book for all those interested in modern Germany and Europe.

One criticism to the publisher: it's annoying to change type fonts, especially in the middle of sentences. Printed on a Gutenberg press, perhaps?