Nach dem Boom
(After the Boom)
Perspektiven auf die Zeitgeschichte seit 1970
(Perspectives on History after 1970)
3. Edition 2012
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
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The boomtime in the 20th century lasted from the 1950s to the 1970s and was a time of stability, kicked off by the Marshall Plan in 1947 and concluded by the oil crisis of 1973. There were some basic changes that took place in economics which affected the political and social ideas in Western Europe. The social model of the boomtime was modified at a rapid pace. These complex events represent a structural upheaval in the development of Germany and Western Europe in general since World War II. The simultaneous presence of continuity and change in both the existing structures and the mentalities of the population marks this epoch in modern European history.
This volume reveals the interconnections and reciprocal effects the various branches of politics, economics, education, science and religion had on each other. It contains a study of modern history which includes problems of mobility, industrial production, the knowledge society, consumerism and ideal patterns. The most important themes are changes in sexual politics and the general trend toward androgyny, the new expectations and the search for meaning in a virtual world, the insights of social philosophy and public opinion. Finally, there are some thoughts on how political motifs such as "progress," "modernization" and "national state" changed over time.