Transformations of the New Germany by Ruth A. Starkman (eds.)

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82. , p. 83. Based on this substantivist assertion, many on the right argued that denying Germans their national unity would only serve to foment irrationalist desires. 2 (1992): pp. 91–106. Significantly, this was also used opportunistically to legitimize the callous Realpolitik of Helmut Kohl. See George G. Iggers, The German Conception of History; the National Tradition of Historical Thought from Herder to the Present (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1968). For further discussion of this see Ruth Starkman’s article in this volume.

Borrowing from a statement made by fellow East German writer Christoph Hein a few weeks earlier, Christa Wolf recalled to the crowds on November 4 the power of utopian thinking made possible by a newfound freedom of expression: “Yes, language arises from the official and newspaper German in which it was entangled and recalls its more emotional words. One of these is dream. ”5 They believed too quickly that the “reason” of the street had won against tyranny, all in the name of democracy and free expression.

Wensinger, trans. (San Diego: Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich, 1990), pp. 94–123. , Der Weg zur deutschen Einheit (Munich: Goldmann, 1991), pp. 205–206. The original statement by Christoph Hein was made on October 24 in a talk entitled “Ein Berliner Traum im Oktober 1989, der bereits im August 1968 von deutschen Panzern auf dem Wenzelplatz überrollte wurde. ’ ” This and other contributions to the unification discussion are collected in Die fünfte Grundrechensart (Frankfurt am Main: Luchterhand, 1990).

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