S-Space Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원) Dept. of International Studies (국제학과) Theses (Master's Degree_국제학과)
Germanys Reconciliation Process: Political Agency towards an Ideal-type of Reconciliation
독일의 화해 과정: 이상적 형태의 화해를 위한 정치적 행위자
- Song, Jiyeoun
- 국제대학원 국제학과(국제지역학전공)
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 국제대학원
- 학위논문 (석사)-- 서울대학교 국제대학원 국제학과(국제지역학전공), 2017. 8. Song, Jiyeoun.
- Why could Germany reconcile its relations with the countries that were victims of Nazism, even after the first elected conservative government of West Germany pursued policies that aimed at drawing a finish line? Previous explanations can be divided into three groups: cultural, structural, and agency. In this thesis, I develop the latter explanation by extending the category of political agents to intellectuals who have greatly contributed to the political discourse on reconciliation in Germany. Moreover, I examine whether Germanys political agents have pushed towards reconciliation that resembles an ideal-type. Based on this examination, I argue that the Germany could reconcile its relations with the countries that were victims of Nazism because it always had political agents, especially intellectuals and Federal Presidents, who not only opposed opportunistic policies of the government, but also helped to establish and uphold a normative boundary.