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Für eine demokratische Erneuerung Deutschlands: Kommunikationsprozesse und Deutungsmuster engagierter Demokraten nach 1945
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In the public sphere of occupied Germany, questions of “democracy” and its renewal after National... mehr
Für eine demokratische Erneuerung Deutschlands: Kommunikationsprozesse und Deutungsmuster engagierter Demokraten nach 1945
In the public sphere of occupied Germany, questions of “democracy” and its renewal after National Socialism were much debated. While existing literature on postwar political culture emphasizes dynamics of restoration and assimilation, this article focuses on a more innovative and independent development: the vision of democratic renewal formulated by a diverse group of journalists and intellectuals referred to here as “engaged democrats.” First, it reconstructs the interactions that linked these actors in a loosely integrated but wide-ranging social network. Second, it argues that their various positions shared a participatory understanding of “democracy” that linked programs for decentralized politics, non-statist socialism, and humanist cultural renewal. In the latter, these actors had ambivalent recourse to the classical German cultural heritage, reflecting the potentials as well as the limitations of the postwar political imagination. Finally, the article sketches the attenuation of their network in the wake of Cold War polarization as well as the persistence of their vision as the basis for oppositional agendas in both West and East Germany during the 1950s.