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9780140252668

Germany and the Germans The United Germany in the Mid-1990s; New Edition

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140252668

  • ISBN10:

    0140252665

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-06-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
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Summary

Ardagh's masterly account captures the diversity and contradictions of Germany in the mid-1990s. In a special new introduction he looks at recent events - the re-election of Chancellor Kohl in 1994, the rebuilding of Berlin to make it Germany's capital once again, the coming and going of recession, the flare-up of racial violence and the continued malaise in the east despite economic renewal. In a new postscript, Ardagh examines Germany's crucial role today in the European Union. And his book surveys many other aspects of German life, such as the clashing passions for fast cars and forests; the 'regional patchwork'; sex, snobbery and suburbia. He mocks the vogue for spa cures and the zany Cologne carnival. He explores the savagery of gutter journalism, the harsh lives of Turkish guest workers and, above all, the terrible legacy of Nazism. Perceptive and positive but never uncritical, his book has been acclaimed on all sides as a major achievement.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1995 edition xi
Introduction
1(28)
Introduction to the 1995 edition: the new united Germany in a new era
1(17)
A post-war historical survey: ruins to riches
18(11)
The regional patchwork, an ancient legacy
29(75)
West Berlin, 1945--89: the buoyant survivor
35(13)
The new united Berlin, and its victory over Bonn
48(16)
A diversity of dominant cities: life today in Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Bremen
64(20)
The Bund and the Lander: how and why federalism works
84(6)
Benevolent technocrats in the Rathaus
90(5)
North v. South: rustbelt Ruhr hits back against Bavarian boom
95(9)
The `economic miracle' and its after-strains
104(68)
Industrial splendour--but can it meet the high-tech challenge?
108(17)
A paradise of labour harmony--but what of the waning work-ethic?
125(16)
The great environmental debate: nuclear power, car exhaust, and death of the beloved forests
141(13)
The ignored rural world and its grumbling peasantry
154(18)
Daily life: a modernised society re-examines its traditions
172(101)
The social snobberies of a semi-classless society
173(16)
Women, sex and children: a few crusades yet to be won
189(14)
A spick and span suburbia where the shops shut early
203(7)
From Wurst and dumplings to fancy French and food fads
210(8)
Assiduous tourists and crazy Cologne carnivalers
218(11)
The spa romance--by courtesy of a lavish health insurance system
229(7)
Schools: educating the mind, but not so much the character
236(9)
The never-ending university malaise
245(16)
Catholics and Protestants: a new amity, but new internal conflicts
261(12)
Turkish `guest workers' and other immigrants: a painful path towards acceptance
273(25)
Arts and intellectuals: lively activity, but low creativity
298(70)
The novel: waiting for successors to Boll and Grass
299(8)
The State's role as Maecenas: taking culture out of the `temples'
307(7)
Theatre: morally serious, wilfully provocative
314(17)
Fassbinder, Herzog and Reitz's Heimat: the brief golden age of the `New German Cinema'
331(23)
Television becomes less tame, but Bild stays barbarous
354(14)
The old GDR: daily life under German-style Communism
368(53)
Private values amid public collectivism
373(11)
Dilemmas for the Church, wooed but wary
384(4)
The watchful grip of the one-party State
388(9)
Brecht to Biermann: dealing with the intellectual dissidents
397(6)
Travel to the West: harshest of the curbs on freedom
403(11)
Inter-German relations: detente, but silly games with protocol
414(7)
The new east Germany, free but anxious
421(76)
A traumatic adaptation to the West
434(14)
Privatisation, pollution and property
448(18)
Land and Rathaus renewal: Keeping the old comrades?
466(13)
Dilemmas for writers, new values in the classroom
479(18)
Conclusion: how stable a democracy?
497(88)
Digesting the legacies of Nazism
497(15)
Political strengths and community weaknesses
512(21)
The Greens and their values: fundamental social change, or just another youth protest?
533(30)
Germany and the world: nationalism, or European integration?
563(17)
Postscript, May 1995
580(5)
Acknowledgements 585(4)
Bibliography 589(4)
Index 593

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