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German Angst: Fear and Democracy in the Federal Republic of Germany


Frank Biess

22 June 2022

Emotions in History

While fear and anxiety have historically been associated with authoritarian regimes, Frank Biess demonstrates the ambivalent role of these emotions in the democratization of West Germany, where fears and anxieties about the country's catastrophic past and uncertain future both undermined democracy and stabilized the emerging Federal Republic.

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