Beyond Eagle and Swastika

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Beyond Eagle and Swastika: German Nationalism Since 1945
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AuthorKurt P. Tauber
CountryUnited States
SubjectGerman nationalism
Publisher Wesleyan University Press
Publication date
Media typePrint
OCLC 407180
LC Class DD257.2 .T3

Beyond Eagle and Swastika: German Nationalism Since 1945 is a book by Kurt P. Tauber. It is a history and analysis of (and a reference work on) anti-democratic nationalism in postwar Germany. It was completed in 1963 after ten years of research. Wesleyan University Press, of Middletown, Connecticut, published it in two volumes (spanning 1,598 pages) in 1967.

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Beyond Eagle and Swastika was called "a monumental work" by Louis Leo Snyder in a review for The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science . [1] Gordon A. Craig said that it was a "scholarly tour de force" in a review comparing it to Ferenc A. Váli's The Quest for a United Germany. [2]

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  1. Snyder, Louis L. (1968). "Review of Beyond Eagle and Swastika". The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science . SAGE Publications. 376: 157–158. JSTOR   1037812.
  2. Gordon A. Craig (1968). "Review of Beyond Eagle and Swastika: German Nationalism Since 1945. Review of The Quest for a United Germany". Political Science Quarterly . Academy of Political Science. 83 (4): 157–158. JSTOR   2146825.