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Fatherlands: State-Building and Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century Germany (New Studies in European History)by Abigail Green
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Fatherlands explores the nature of identity in nineteenth-century Germany, and has crucial implications for our understanding of nationalism, German unification and the German state in the modern era. It approaches these questions from a new and important angle, that of the non national territorial state, exploring the state-building process in non-Prussian Germany. The issues covered range from railway construction and German industrialization, to the modernization of German monarchy, the emergence of a free press, the development of a modern educational system, and the role of monuments, museums and public festivities.
An exploration of the nature of identity in nineteenth-century Germany.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Variations of German experience: Hanover, Saxony and Württemberg; 2. Modernising monarchy; 3. Cultures of the fatherland; 4. Propaganda; 5. Educating patriots; 6. Communications; 7. Imagined identities; 8. Nationhood; Conclusion.
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