By Mathias Delori
This chapter analyzes forms, the historical importance, and the logic of the symbolic practices. It focuses on the semiotic (the form) and the semantic (the content) elements of this “amity symbolism”. It shows that this political symbolism did not revolutionize the course of history but, nevertheless, modified the “common sense” – to speak like Gramsci – of Franco-German relations. The chapter reviews the factors which have contributed to these ambivalent but nevertheless remarkable effects.
London: In : Reconciling with the Past. Resources and Obstacles in a Global Perspective, edited by Annika Frieberg and C. K. Martin Chunge, 2017