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Die Last der Nation

Die Last der Nation

By Andreas Hillgruber

Droste, 1984, 119 pp.

Five essays by a well-known German historian, variations on "the German question" which includes the question of whether the German nation can or should ever become a national state again. The best-and most timely-essay deals with the break in 1950 of Gustav Heinemann (a leading Protestant and later president of the Federal Republic) with Konrad Adenauer over the latter's wish to rearm Germany while denying that this would seal the division of Germany. This question has found new resonance among Germans who have come to ponder their future-and hence their past.