Studying German? Spending a year abroad in Germany? Or maybe going to work there? Then you'll need this handbook to contemporary Germany and the German language. Packed with essential information on politics, the economy and institutions, it covers the basics that are taken for granted by most Germans. Intended for readers without specialist knowledge in any of the subjects covered, this is an invaluable handbook for English-speaking students of German.Each chapter contains a German/English glossary giving guidance on the use of specialist terms in context. Covering German history, politics, the economy, education, the media and the state, the handbook provides a vast amount of information especially geared to student needs.
Table of Contents
Germany at the centre of Europe The geography and regions Unification and aftermath Political structures: the federal system Economic structures: from model to modernisation Social structures: the 'social state' and patterns of living Structures of education: schools and higher education Structures of communication: the media Social issues Environmental issues Language issues.