The Politics of the Nazi Past in Germany and Austria (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 19, 2005 - Political Science
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This book argues that Germans and Austrians have dealt with the Nazi past very differently and these differences have had important consequences for political culture and partisan politics in the two countries. Drawing on different literatures in political science, Art builds a framework for understanding how public deliberation transforms the political environment in which it occurs. The book analyzes how public debates about the 'lessons of history' created a culture of contrition in Germany that prevented a resurgent far right from consolidating itself in German politics after unification. By contrast, public debates in Austria nourished a culture of victimization that provided a hospitable environment for the rise of right-wing populism. The argument is supported by evidence from nearly two hundred semi-structured interviews and an analysis of the German and Austrian print media over a twenty-year period.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Public Debates and Political Change
13
The Culture of Contrition
49
The Victim Culture
101
Combating the Far Right in Germany
145
Taming the Far Right in Austria?
176
Conclusions and Extensions
196
Coding Scheme for Die Zeit Content Analysis
213
Breakdown of Interviews Conducted
214
Coding Semistructured Interviews with German Politicians
215
Coding Semistructured Interviews with Austrian Politicians
219
Question Set Germany
220
Question Set Austria
221
Bibliography
223
Index
225
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About the author (2005)

David Art is an assistant professor of political science at the College of the Holy Cross. He teaches courses in European Politics, International Relations, and Globalization. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. His current research focuses on the development of right-wing populist parties in comparative and historical perspective.

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