Take a sneak peak inside! Click on the links below to preview the Introduction and Chapter 1. Order your exam copy today by clicking on the “Request an Exam Copy” link above. Introduction Chapter 1 Germans born in the second decade of the last century will have been a subject of no less than six political regimes, seven if they lived in the former German Democratic Republic. Today, Germany's democratic polity, pluralistic society, institutional structures, and market economy are growing increasingly strong. In clear and compelling prose, Hancock and Krisch argue that German politics today is the politics of a “normal” European democracy moving toward the EU. The authors discuss Germany's course of modernization, which involves rapid industrialization and social development following the nation's first unification in 1871 and its subsequent torturous course of political change embracing Imperial authoritarianism, the democratic experiment of the Weimar Republic, Nazi totalitarianism, and postwar variants of communism and Western-style democracy. Chapters detail the country's political history, as well as its culture, new constitutional debates, parties, and economic policy, and culminate in a look at Germany in global context. Adopt together with Politics in Britain and Politics in France and pass savings along to your students. For pricing and ordering information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter 10: Germany in Europe and the World
Germany in Europe and the World
For a century following the formation of a German nation-state in the mid-nineteenth century, it was common (especially in Germany itself) to stress the leading role of foreign affairs in shaping public policy. With some important qualifications noted below, we maintain that domestic policy has driven German governments in the six decades since World War II. Whether this is likely to continue in the early twenty-first century will be considered later in this chapter and in the one following.1
Foreign Policy in Contemporary German Politics
This relatively greater importance of domestic policy is reflected in popular attitudes toward foreign policy issues. For many years the pollsters for the Politbarometer reports have asked Germans to name the ...