Adenauer: The Father of the New Germany / Edition 1

Adenauer: The Father of the New Germany / Edition 1

by Charles Williams, Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471407372

ISBN-13: 9780471407379

Pub. Date: 01/25/2001

Publisher: Wiley

"Konrad Adenauer - the man who has become known as the father of the New Germany - was one of the truly great leaders of the twentieth century. In an astonishing political career that spanned six decades, this extraordinary statesman lifted Germany out of the ruins of the Second World War and helped shape the modern political landscape, both of his own country and of…  See more details below

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"Konrad Adenauer - the man who has become known as the father of the New Germany - was one of the truly great leaders of the twentieth century. In an astonishing political career that spanned six decades, this extraordinary statesman lifted Germany out of the ruins of the Second World War and helped shape the modern political landscape, both of his own country and of Europe." "This authoritative portrait captures the complex man who, as West Germany's first chancellor, brought the land of the Rhine out of the devastation wrought by wartime defeat to amazing prosperity and acceptance on the world scene. Difficult yet determined, Adenauer not only instilled his homeland with both economic prosperity and democratic principles, but also succeeded in defusing the tensions between France and Germany that had dominated much of their recent history, paving the way for the Treaty of Rome and the establishment of the European Economic Community."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471407379
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/25/2001
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
1,153,353
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.75(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS viii

PREFACE x

PART ONE: The Kaiser’s Germany

1 COLOGNE: 1876 3

2 ‘GAUDEAMUS IGITUR JUVENES DUM SUMUS’ 15

3 THE END OF YOUTH 31

4 THE LADDER OF AMBITION 45

5 A TIME OF TRAGEDY 60

6 THE MANAGEMENT OF DEFEAT 75

PART TWO: Weimar Germany

1 THE AFTERMATH OF WAR 95

2 LIFE HAS TO GO ON 111

3 THE REPARATIONS CR I S I S 126

4 1923 140

5 COLOGNE I S FREE! 157

6 THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC MAYOR 172

7 DUBIOUS MANOEUVRES 186

8 CONFRONTATION 203

PART THREE: Hitler’s Germany

1 DESCENT INTO DARKNESS 215

2 THEY START TO CLOSE IN 229

3 HE NO LONGER MATTERS 241

4 KEEPING OUT OF TROUBLE 253

5 A QUIET WAR 266

6 ‘THE WAR I S OVER! ’ 276

PART FOUR: Adenauer’s Germany

1 SACKED BY THE BRITISH 293

2 ANOTHER POLITICAL BIRTH – ANOTHER PERSONAL DEATH 307

3 THE BEGINNINGS OF THE NEW GERMANY 323

4 THE FEDERAL CHANCELLOR 344

5 BUILDING EUROPE – AND FACING THE BEAR 362

6 AT HOME AND AT WORK 380

7 POLITICS IS AN ART – NOT A SCIENCE 392

8 WHERE DOES GERMANY STAND? 410

9 CAN ANYONE BE TRUSTED? 424

10 ENTER THE GENERAL 446

11 KHRUSHCHEV’ S CHALLENGE 465

12 THREATS AND COUNTER-THREATS 486

13 FROM TRIUMPH TO DISMISSAL 503

14 FINALE 524

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 539

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 542

NOTES 546

INDEX 570

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