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Description - Beyond the Swastika by Peter O'Brien

Since unification, fears of resurgent German nationalism have mounted. In particular, many believe united Germany is reverting to a xenophobic nationalist stance to deal with the increased pressures of migration unleashed by the raising of the Iron curtain. Peter O'Brien argues that these fears are exaggerated. He documents a longstanding, steadily increasing, commitment to the liberal principles of the Basic Law in the Federal Republic's policies, which protect foreigners against hostile German nationalism. O'Brien goes on to criticize the very entrenched liberalism which holds German nationalism in check. He traces among German political elites the appeal and uses of 'technocratic liberalism' - an overzealous protection of Germany's liberal democracy which, paradoxically, prevents minority groups from achieving full rights of political participation. Beyond the Swastika is both unconventional and original. Peter O'Brien resists the widespread alarmist temptation to distort the political influence of German nationalism and instead uncovers sources of inequality in German liberalism which have until now gone unnoticed.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415138512
ISBN-10: 0415138515
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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