Did you know that more Germans have immigrated to the United States than any other ethnic group?While German culture is rich in its own traditions and history, Americans still tend to see German culture as similar to their own until they experience it firsthand. In his book, Germany: Unraveling an Enigma, Greg Nees seeks to highlight the background and customs of this fascinating group of people.As it turns out, Germans spend a great amount of time discussing their puzzling heritage and culture; in fact, discussing and debating almost anything is one of their favorite pastimes, and with Germany, Americans can begin to understand and unravel German culture as well. The book includes a review of modern German history, major German cultural themes and their relationship to German communication patterns, and it also looks to the future, piecing together a picture of twenty-first century Germany.Germany: Unraveling an Enigma will be welcomed by anyone interested in Germany or German culture. It can be especially valuable for students, managers, and others living in Germany, along with anyone else wishing to understand the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction between Germans and Americans.Germany: Unraveling an Enigma is a concise guide for any teacher who needs a course outline to teach topics in German culture in order to prepare students for a study abroad program or an internship in Germany.-Kerstin Somerholter, University of Texas at Austin, Die Unterrichtspraxis ReviewContentsTo the ReaderAcknowledgments1 Introduction2 Who Are the Germans?3 Major German Cultural Themes4 German Communication Patterns5 The German Social Market Economy6 Building Better Business Relationships7 Wertewandel: Creation of a New German Identity?Appendix: Statistical Comparison of Germany and the United StatesGlossary of German TermsReferences and Further ReadingsIndex
Dr. Nees has a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado and an MA in apploed linguistics from Johannes Gutenberg Universitat in Germany. His company, The German Connection, Inc., provides consultation and training to German and American businesses.