The terms Heimat, nation, or fatherland have had such controversial histories that they elude all attempts at a one-dimensional definition. Over the course of modern German history, Heimat has come to mean virtually anything: a romantic nostalgia for preindustrial conditions; a conservative emphasis on various attributes; a feeling of ecological responsibility for a particular region; an aversion for the ugliness brought about by industry; a glorification of the German peasantry as the wellspring of national health; and much more. The contributions to this volume critically examine selected aspects of these concepts, including eighteenth-century patriotism, attitudes of German-Americans, German-Jewish understanding of Heimat, the Heimatschutz movement, Nazi appropriations of history, the Heimat film, Heidegger's and Adorno's notions of Heimat, and German geopolitics.
- "Fatherland": Patriotism and Nationalism in the Eighteenth Century / Hans Peter Herrmann
- Fernweh - Heimweh? Attitudes of German-Americans before 1900 / Cora Lee Nollendorfs
- Berlin: A Jewish Heimat at the Turn of the Century? / Erhard Schutz
- Heimat, Modernity, and Nation in the Early Heimatschutz Movement / William Rollins
- The Antinomies of Heimat: Homeland, History, Nazism / Rudy Koshar
- "Ein wunderbares Heute": The Evolution and Functionalization of "Heimat" in West German Heimat Films of the 1950s / Ted Rippey, Melissa Sundell and Suzanne Townley
- Todtnauberg and Amorbach: Heimat as Name and Orientation / Karla Schultz
- Geopolitics in the Historikerstreit: The Strange Return of Mittellage / Mark Bassin.