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Christmas in Germany
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For poets, priests, and politicians--and especially ordinary Germans--in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the image of the loving nuclear family gathered around the Christmas tree symbolized the unity of the nation at large. German Christmas was supposedly organic, a product of the winter solstice rituals of pagan Teutonic tribes, the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and the age-old customs that defined German character. Yet, as Joe Perry argues, Germans also used these annual celebrations to contest the deepest values that held the German community together: faith, family, and love, certainly, but also civic responsibility, material prosperity, and national belonging.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction: Germany’s Favorite Holiday
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: Scripting a National Holiday
  2. pp. 13-64
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: Contradictions in the Christmas Mood
  2. pp. 65-92
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: Christmas in Enemy Territory
  2. pp. 93-138
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: Under the Sign of Kauflust
  2. pp. 139-188
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: Christmas in the Third Reich
  2. pp. 189-238
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: Ghosts of Christmas Past
  2. pp. 239-282
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  1. Conclusion: The Nation around the Christmas Tree
  2. pp. 283-290
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 291-338
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 339-372
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 373-399
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