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 email@example.com
Chapter 3: Germany Divided and Unified
Germany Divided and Unified
German politics during the twentieth century was dominated to an unusual extent by history and Germans' reactions to that history. The half century of Germany's foreign occupation, division, and unification forms the immediate chronological background to the contemporary scene. For more than forty years, German politics were shaped by powerful external forces of foreign occupation and alliances and by an intense inter-German competition between the two German states created in the war's aftermath. The end of the Cold War signaled an end to this postwar phase of German history. In the following chapters, we explore the problems and prospects of German politics, domestic and foreign, now and in the near future. Here, we first review the course of ...