9780340540176

The German Question and Europe A History

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  • ISBN13:

    9780340540176

  • ISBN10:

    0340540176

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

"What and where is Germany?" This question, posed by Goethe and Schiller in 1797, has been one of the crucial issues in European politics. It has had tremendous consequences over past two centuries and even now, long after the reunification of Germany, the question remains in the background,although in a somewhat changed form. Peter Alter's new study traces the evolution of the German question in its European context and through its various guises, from pre-unification times, through the Bismarckian and Wilhelmine empire to dictatorship, partition, and eventual reunification. Hisastute analysis provides important insights on both modern history and the political future of Europe.

Author Biography

Peter Alter is at University of Duisburg.

Table of Contents

List of maps and figures
vii
Preface ix
The German Question and Europe
1(13)
Vienna 1815: the quest for stability
14(21)
Economic progress and political failure
35(23)
German unity: first attempt 1870-71
58(20)
The German Question in war and peace
78(15)
The nemesis of dictatorship
93(19)
Germany in the Cold War
112(17)
The German Question 1989--90: a dream come true?
129(16)
Notes 145(9)
Chronology 154(6)
Select bibliography 160(11)
Index of names 171

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