Ongoing historical and political controversies in three Germanic countries are presented for student debate and reports. Eleven issuesfrom German unification to Swiss neutralityare considered. Original essays provide extensive background information and probe hypothetical positions that give a sense of the public responses to current events.
The Germanic countries are major players in modern European history and remain focal points in a collective Western consciousness still grappling with the aftermath of the Holocaust and the Cold War. This book distills Germany, Austria, and Switzerland's ongoing historical and political controversies for student debate and reports. Eleven issuesfrom German unification to Swiss neutralityare considered. Original essays provide extensive background information and probe hypothetical positions that give a sense of the public responses to current events.
This volume will energize the study of German language and culture. There are no easy answers to the questions that the issues raise, and readers will have to negotiate nuanced arguments and use critical-thinking skills to defend a position. Each issue provides a Questions and Activities section to stimulate lively consideration of the European powers, past and present. Copious use of German words aids translating skills.
|Publisher:||Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
ELEANOR L. TURK is Professor of History emerita at Indiana University East. Her book The History of Germany (Greenwood, 1999) was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice Magazine.
Table of Contents
Issues in Germany
The Politics of German Unification
The Economics of German Unification
Germany, Anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust
The Sonderweg and the Historikerstreit
The Dilemma of Immigration
Is Germany Really United?
Issues in Austria
Austria and the Kurt Waldheim Controversy
Is Neo-Fascism Emerging in Austria?
Austria and the Jorg Haider Controversy
Issues in Switzerland
The Swiss Banks and the Holocaust
Is Switzerland Really a Neutral Country?