Adenauer: The Father of the New Germany / Edition 1

Adenauer: The Father of the New Germany / Edition 1

by Charles Williams, Williams
     
 

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

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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.

Marvelously well written by esteemed biographer Charles Williams, 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.

Born in 1876 in Cologne, Adenauer was a devout Roman Catholic who rose from obscurity when he was elected mayor of that city, a position he held for sixteen years. He went on to achieve national prominence in the Weimar Republic but was imprisoned in a concentration camp when the Nazis came to power. Years later, he organized the Christian Democratic Union and became West Germany’s first chancellor, retiring after three consecutive reelections in 1963, a few years short of his ninetieth birthday.

Williams draws on hitherto untapped sources from the former Soviet Union and the German Democratic Republic for this new biography. In this unforgettable life story of one of history’s great statesmen, Williams captures the glory, the triumphs, the failures, and the enduring legacy of this exemplary figure.

A penetrating epic tale that bears testimony to this most singular of nations, Adenauer is as much about the making of modern Germany as it is about one of the twentieth century’s foremost statesmen.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471407379
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/25/2001
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
1,485,359
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Preface.

THE KAISER'S GERMANY.

Cologne: 1876.

'Gaudeamus Igitur Juvenes Dum Sumus'.

The End of Youth.

The Ladder of Ambition.

A Time of Tragedy.

The Management of Defeat.

WEIMAR GERMANY.

The Aftermath of War.

Life Has to Go On.

The Reparations Crisis.

1923.

Cologne Is Free!

The Private and Public Mayor.

Dubious Manoeuvres.

Confrontation.

HITLER'S GERMANY.

Decent Into Darkness.

They Start to Close In.

He No Longer Matters.

Keeping Out of Trouble.

A Quiet War.

'The War Is Over!'

ADENAUER'S GERMANY.

Sacked by the British.

Another Political Birth -
Another Personal Death.

The Beginnings of the New Germany.

The Federal Chancellor.

Building Europe -
And Facing the Bear.

At Home and at Work.

Politics Is an Art -
Not a Science.

Where Does Germany Stand?

Can Anyone Be Trusted?

Enter the General.

Khrushchev's Challenge.

Threats and Counter-Threats.

From Triumph to Dismissal.

Finale.

Acknowledgements.

Select Bibliography.

Notes.

Index.

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