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 2: A Turbulent History Is Prologue to the Present
A Turbulent History Is Prologue to the Present
When the major European nations went to war in 1914, Germany was in the mainstream of European political, social, and economic development. For example, its systems of higher education and scientific research were world models. (Indeed, both the American research university and much of modern American social science would be inconceivable without their German precedents.) In a very different field, the German labor movement, and particularly the Social Democratic movement and its party, was the standard against which other revolutionaries measured their progress.
Yet when we (and generations of Germans) think of Germany in the twentieth century, it is the nation's destructive turn to dictatorship, military aggression, and genocide that comes ...