The Berlin Republic: German Unification and a Decade of Changes

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Analysing German Unification: State, Nation and the Quest for Political Community,by Mi-Kyung Kim and John D. Robertson

After unification, the nature of German politics can be characterised by the continuous incongruence between German state and German nation from Rokkan's theoretical perspective. We suggest that this incongruent nature of the united German politics might have been resulted from the path-dependency of the mode and timing in the process of German unification itself. That is, in the process of the unification, the lack of 'constitutional agreement' between the West and the East Germany has influenced the persistent problem of 'political community' in the context of the united Germany.

Historical Consciousness and the Changing of German Political Culture,by Felix Philipp Lutz

Historical consciousness in unified Germany 13 years after the fall of the German Democratic Republic is undergoing a profound change whose direction is not yet clearly visible. The article describes the status and contents of historical consciousness of the period from autumn 1989 until the end of the twentieth century. Historical consciousness is at the heart of German political culture and derives from existential experiences during the Third Reich and World War II and the period of reconstruction after 1945. However, German unification in 1990 was the starting point for a new foreign policy and an ongoing change in historical consciousness, partly also due to generational change.

Trust in Democratic Institutions in Germany: Theory and Evidence Ten Years After Unification,by Robert Rohrschneider and RüdigerSchmitt-Beck

Central to the stability of a regime is that citizens trust a nation's institutional framework. Based on this premise, this article looks at how much Eastern and Western Germans trust several institutions of Germany's

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