Preface by Timothy Garton Ash and Gerhard A. RitterThe history of British-German relations in the twentieth century has been characterized by a remarkable dichotomy of friendship and hostility. What started as a family affair with Kaiser Wilhelm II, the grandson of Queen Victoria, and his admiration for the British Navy, soon turbaned into a violent struggle for superiority in Europe during two World Wars. After 1945 the two countries became allies, if not friends, again. But when Germany was reunified in 1990, Prime Minister Thatcher did not hesitate to warn that history might repeat itself, referring to the creation of the German Reich in 1871 as the starting-point of the European tragedy. This book considers the most critical aspects of this volatile relationship during the past 100 years: the rivalry at sea before World War I, David Lloyd George and the Weimar Republic, the appeasement policy of the 1930s and Rudolf Hess's flight to Scotland in 1941, the post-World War II period of occupation and partnership, and the British attitude toward the new Germany post-1990.
About the Author
Manfred Gortemaker is Professor of History at the University of Potsdam.
Table of Contents
ForewordTimothy Garton Ash * IntroductionManfred Görtemaker * Rivals at SeaJörg Duppler * Lloyd George and the Weimar RepublicBernhard D. Fulda * Appeasement RevisitedMarie-Luise Recker * "The Silent Alliance": British-German Cooperation in NATO 1977-1987Beatrice Heuser and Sir Michael Quinlan * The United States, Germany and Europe in the 20th CenturyDetlef Junker * The British in GermanyLothar Kettenacker * The Case of Rudolf HessManfred Görtemaker * Helmut Kohl and Margaret ThatcherNorbert Himmler