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Still German: the case of Aussiedler and the framing of German national identity through citizenship in periods of transition, 1945-1955 and 1989-2000

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dc.contributor.author Murray, Galen
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-03T22:16:27Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-01-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7700
dc.description.abstract Traditionally, German citizenship has been viewed as one that embraces a common culture and heritage. The attributes of this culture and heritage are closely associated with the national identity of Germany. However, this national identity has been challenged, both through the tumultuous events of Germany’s twentieth century as well as the allegations that the basis for German citizenship is exclusionary and contributes to a racist understanding of German national identity. This thesis investigates such allegations through a particular category of citizenship, Aussiedler, those who were considered German based upon their lineage and upholding of German culture and tradition, although they lived in Central and Eastern Europe, sometimes for generations. By analyzing Aussiedler from the context of its creation as a category in the aftermath of the Nazi dictatorship through to its modifications following the end of the Cold War the fluid nature of German national identity is traced through a shifting citizenship policy. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Germany en_US
dc.subject Aussiedler en_US
dc.subject citizenship en_US
dc.subject national identity en_US
dc.subject West Germany en_US
dc.subject Bundesvertriebenen- und Flüchtlingsgesetz en_US
dc.subject post-war en_US
dc.title Still German: the case of Aussiedler and the framing of German national identity through citizenship in periods of transition, 1945-1955 and 1989-2000 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Schmidtke, Oliver
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2017-12-15


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