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Politische Religion, Civic Religion oder ein neuer Glaube - Walther Rathenaus Vision einer anderen Moderne

Rohkrämer, Thomas (2009) Politische Religion, Civic Religion oder ein neuer Glaube - Walther Rathenaus Vision einer anderen Moderne. In: Walther Rathenau. Aisthesis, Bielefeld, pp. 195-214. ISBN 9783895287169

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Abstract

This chapter uses Walther Rathenau to discuss the limitations of the popular, but controversial concepts 'political religion' and 'civic religion'. Rathenau promoted a vaguely religious dimension to politics, but his vision cannot be described with either of these terms. He was neither an unreserved supporter of parliamentary democracy, pluralism and a capitalist market economy nor did he tend towards totalitarianism. He was opposed to the Right, but his concept of a communal economy (Gemeinwirtschaft) strongly influenced the idea of a community of the people (Volksgemeinschaft) so central for Nazism. Rathenau is part of a wider tradition that sought to give the German nation a new communal faith. He was not a Nazi, but the desire he expressed came to play a crucial role in the fatal attraction of National Socialism. The concept of a single communal faith can show the connection between this long tradition and the rise of Nazism.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 28120
Deposited By: Dr Thomas Rohkrämer
Deposited On: 10 Nov 2009 14:13
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2013 16:10
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28120

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