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Germany - The Tides of Power - Michael Balfour

Germany - The Tides of Power

Hardcover Published: 20th August 1992
ISBN: 9780415067874
Number Of Pages: 282

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Michael Balfour sets out to explain the factors which have shaped Germany. A satisfactory understanding of the German situation, he feels, can only be gained by a full knowledge of German history from the Middle Ages. It is only this depth of historical insight which can lead the reader to a comprehension of modern Germany - why Germany precipitated - and lost - two major wars this century; the nature of the National Socialist regime; the recent unification of Germany - and the way forward. In examining the German social, political and economic character, Balfour traces the movement of power through the centuries. German history has been dominated by the failure of her medieval rulers to set up strong central governments such as England and France, and the author attibutes Germany's position as an industrial backwater in the early nineteenth century to this early failure of rule. When Germany did achieve unity in 1914 and 1940 she wasted these opportunities by her attempts to gain world power. Balfour then examines by contrast, the astonishing growth of wealth over the last half-century, in which Germany has emerged from its power vacuum' to dictate European interest rates. Balfour concludes with a discussion of the events surrounding unification and the acceptance of German power by the rest of the world in the 1990's.

Prefacep. vi
From Tribe to National State: the First Reichp. 1
The Second Reich: 1871-1918p. 13
The First Attempt at Democracy: 1918-1933p. 38
The Third Reich: 1933-1945p. 54
The Post-War Settlement: 1945p. 81
Towards Two Germanies: 1945-1948p. 92
Crisis and Miracle: 1948-1949p. 105
The German Republics Are Founded: 1948-1949p. 118
Rearmament and the Restoration of Sovereignty: 1949-1955p. 136
Adenauer's High Noon: 1955-1961p. 148
The Erhard Interlude: 1961-1966p. 166
The Great Coalition: 1966-1969p. 177
The Brandt Government: 1969-1974p. 188
The Schmidt Government: 1974-1982p. 208
The Kohl Government: 1982-1989p. 221
The Impossible Happens: 1989-1990p. 231
What Now?p. 239
Annexe: the Current Voting System for Federal Electionsp. 247
Statistical Appendixp. 249
Further Readingp. 259
Indexp. 265
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415067874
ISBN-10: 0415067871
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 20th August 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1