The Question of German Unification: 1806-1996

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The course of recent German history has been volatile. Events in Eastern Europe, the collapse of European Communism and German Re-Unification has brought issues of Germany's status into the arena of world politics. The Question of German Unification presents an introduction to the last two hundred years of German history and addresses questions raised by the status of Germany as a single or split national state.
Imanuel Geiss:

• argues that Germany has fluctuated all too frequently, and catastrophically, between being the power centre of Europe or a power vacuum

• describes the special features of German history and looks at Germany within a European framework

• analyses the political, economic and social aspects of German Nationalism as well as the impact of the collapse of Communism on Germany, through detailing long-term structures and processes

• includes discussion of recent political events as well as a chronology and further reading.
Imanuel Geiss reflects on the irrationalities of German history, surveys how they have been explained by historians, and provides a succinct and readable account of the complex issues involved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415150491
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/18/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to English edition 1
1 Conceptual and European framework 5
Conceptual framework: power 5
The European framework 9
Specific characteristics of the German Question 15
Historical background to the German Question, 911-1806 21
2 From power vacuum to power centre: from the First to the Second Reich, 1806-1871 31
Napoleonic interlude, 1806-1813 31
From Vienna to Berlin, 1815-1871 35
3 Germany as a power centre: Second and Third Reichs, 1871-1945 51
The Second German Reich, 1871-1918 51
Republican interregnum, 1918-1933 69
Third Reich and Second World War, 1933-1945 76
4 Germany as a power vacuum: division, 1945-1989/90 83
Germany under occupation, 1945-1949 83
The separate development of the occupation zones: prelude to division, 1945-1949 87
Two German states: Federal Republic and German Democratic Republic, 1949-1989/90 92
5 United Germany since 1989/90 105
From new unity to internal division 106
Germany's position in Europe 120
Chronological table 125
Notes 133
Further reading 139
Index 141
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