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Britain and Germany in the 20th Century : German Historical Perspectives (Hardcover) - Manfred Gortemaker

Britain and Germany in the 20th Century

German Historical Perspectives (Hardcover)

By: Manfred Gortemaker (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 2005
ISBN: 9781859738429
Number Of Pages: 226

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Preface by Timothy Garton Ash and Gerhard A. RitterThe history of British-German relations in the twentieth century has been characterized by a remarkable dichotomy of friendship and hostility. What started as a family affair with Kaiser Wilhelm II, the grandson of Queen Victoria, and his admiration for the British Navy, soon turned into a violent struggle for superiority in Europe during two World Wars. After 1945 the two countries became allies, if not friends, again. But when Germany was reunified in 1990, Prime Minister Thatcher did not hesitate to warn that history might repeat itself, referring to the creation of the German Reich in 1871 as the starting-point of the European tragedy. This book considers the most critical aspects of this volatile relationship during the past 100 years: the rivalry at sea before World War I, David Lloyd George and the Weimar Republic, the appeasement policy of the 1930s and Rudolf Hess's flight to Scotland in 1941, the post-World War II period of occupation and partnership, and the British attitude toward the new Germany post-1990.

Industry Reviews

'Encompassing and rich in perspective, this important volume is required reading not only for historians, but also for those policy-makers on both sides of the Channel who strive to build a better, common future in a stable and prosperous Europe' Christian Hacke, Chair of Political Science and Contemporary History, Bonn University 'This collection of essays, brimming with new insights, will generate lively and lasting debate in both Britain and Germany. All raise important questions about key episodes in British-German relations, all offer brilliant - and frequently startling- answers. Anthony Glees, Professor of Politics, Brunel University 'Due to the contemporary focus of the book's central issues and the conciseness of its contributions, it also proves to be profitable for German readers.' Europaeische Geschichte

Editorial preface
Introductionp. 1
Rivals at sea : British-German naval policies before World War Ip. 13
Misgivings about Versailles : Lloyd George and the Weimar Republicp. 31
Appeasement revisited : Chamberlain, Hitler and the policy of Munichp. 53
The bizarre mission : Rudolf Hess in Britainp. 75
Implementing peace : Britain and Germany 1945-55p. 101
Pax Americana : the United States and Europe in the twentieth centuryp. 123
Partners in NATO : Britain, Germany and the 'nuclear issue'p. 145
'The silent alliance' : UK/FRG defence relationships, 1968-89p. 185
Discord over German unification : Margaret Thatcher and Helmut Kohlp. 197
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ISBN: 9781859738429
ISBN-10: 1859738427
Series: German Historical Perspectives (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 1st December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 15.22  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.4