Culture Shock! Germany: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

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Germany is probably best known for its turbulent history and its role in shaping world events. Most recently, with the commercial liberation the European Union has brought and the realities of reunification, Germany is considered the engine of the European economy. Culture Shock! Germany will take you beyond the stereotypes and introduce you to this vibrant and complex society that is still coming to terms with its own identity. This book provides the information and perspectives on German society that will allow...
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Overview

Germany is probably best known for its turbulent history and its role in shaping world events. Most recently, with the commercial liberation the European Union has brought and the realities of reunification, Germany is considered the engine of the European economy. Culture Shock! Germany will take you beyond the stereotypes and introduce you to this vibrant and complex society that is still coming to terms with its own identity. This book provides the information and perspectives on German society that will allow newcomers to adapt quickly and help them reap the benefits of life here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558689305
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Culture Shock! Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Lord is a writer for the Pittsburgh City Paper whose work on subprime lending has won numerous awards and appeared in national forums.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Map of Germany 8
1 First Impressions 9
Arriving in Germany 10
Why come to Germany? 13
The maligned Mecca 14
2 German History 16
Early history 17
The modern era 21
Two Germanies, one people? 29
Post-unification headaches 36
3 German Characteristics 38
The legacy of history 39
Values 40
Drugs 56
Religion 57
Law and order 58
4 The German Landscape 61
Geography 61
Climate 65
Resources 66
Population 67
In diversity is strength 67
Berlin - east meets west 74
5 Fitting Into Germany 77
The Auslander problem 77
What is a German? 80
The German way of multiculturalism 89
Finding your place amongst Germans 90
6 Settling In 97
Pre-arrival preparation 97
Housing - the rental market 98
Utilities 103
Dealing with banks 108
Domestic help 109
Shopping 110
Know your euro 117
Health 117
Family matters 121
Teenagers 127
Non-working spouses 128
Pets 129
Transportation 130
7 Experiencing German Society 143
Your place amongst the Germans 143
Rules for daily intercourse 148
The German sense of humour 150
Surviving the initial shocks 152
Public selves, private selves 154
The home - the great sanctuary 156
Hosting 159
Learning the customs 162
Why it's all worth it 169
8 Food and Entertaining 171
Traditional German fare 171
Carnivores galore 172
Vegetables 175
Regional dishes 177
Baked goods 181
The structure of German meals 182
Eating rituals 186
Drinks 190
9 Enjoying Germany 197
German vacation time 198
Leisure activities 204
The Kneipen culture 209
Strassenfeste 210
The media 212
The arts 218
10 Learning the Language 223
Good news and bad news 224
How to learn the language 225
Some useful words and phrases 228
Twain's pains 233
11 Doing Business in Germany 234
A positive work environment 235
The work ethic 235
The basics of the German economy 238
Applying for jobs 244
Service(?) industries 245
The German business character 246
German corporate/business structure 250
Women in the working world 251
Starting a business 254
The role of banks 255
Going along with the system 256
Cracking the market 258
A most taxing problem 259
Tussles with Brussels 260
Deutsche Mark, adieu! 260
A German business do-it-yourself 261
12 D.I.Y. Germany 263
Facts about Germany 270
Time and time again 270
Dates 271
Numbers 271
Electricity 272
Name dropping 272
Major topics of conversation 279
Germany's 16 federal states 281
Government 282
Cultural Quiz 285
Do's and Don'ts Appendix 292
Resource Guide 294
Further Reading 302
Acknowledgements 306
The Author 307
Index 308
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