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Kemp, Wolfgang: Wir haben ja alle Deutschland nicht gekannt: Das Deutschlandbild der Deutschen in der Zeit der Weimarer Republik, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2016. DOI: 10.17885/heiup.90.106

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Wolfgang Kemp

Wir haben ja alle Deutschland nicht gekannt

Das Deutschlandbild der Deutschen in der Zeit der Weimarer Republik

After 1918 Germany had to find a new definition for its identity on a political and social level as well as to rediscover itself as a unity in terms of geography and culture. This process can be described as „Inner colonisation“. Scientists and artists began to compensate the many losses by tapping into the dimension of the „inner“ Germany - its unique cultural density - which in France would be called „la France profonde“. The pressure to be economical was converted into an economy of abundance of spiritual and material wealth. The newly discovered virtue of variety could be explained in short by phrases and slogans. However, this book addresses all those texts and images which emerged from an „Arbeit im Material“ (Siegfried Kracauer) and from a fresh, authentic experience - „Nähe der Anschauung“ (Ernst Glaeser).

Wolfgang Kemp is an arthistorian. He taught at the University of Hamburg, and is now guest professor at Leuphana-University in Lüneburg. He publishes on reception aesthetics, history and theory of photography, and  various arthistorical topics from Early Christian to contemporary art.

Landgewinn: Ein Vorwort
Erster Teil: Deutsche Vielfalt, ihre Freunde und ihre Feinde
Zweiter Teil: Das Land der Deutschen
Dritter Teil: Deutschland, das Land der Städte