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Author Markovits, Andrei S.

Title The German predicament : memory and power in the new Europe / Andrei S. Markovits and Simon Reich
Published Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1997


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Description xv, 248 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: The Latest Stage of the German Question -- Ch. 1. Europe and the German Question -- Ch. 2. Optimists and Pessimists -- Ch. 3. Germans and Germany: A View from the United States -- Ch. 4. Reactions among the Europeans -- Ch. 5. The European Rim: Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland -- Ch. 6. Four Small Northern States: Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland -- Ch. 7. Austria: Germany's Junior Partner -- Ch. 8. The World of Post-Communism: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary / Andrei S. Markovits and Manik Hinchey -- Ch. 9. The Big States: Italy, France, Great Britain -- Ch. 10. The Deployment of German Soldiers Abroad -- Ch. 11. Germany's Economic Power in Europe / Andrei S. Markovits and Frank Westermann -- Ch. 12. Foreign Cultural Policy / Andrei S. Markovits and Carolyn Hofig -- Conclusion: The Predicament of the Berlin Republic
Summary What does the unification of Germany really mean? In their stimulating exploration of that question, Andrei S. Markovits and Simon Reich sketch diametrically different interpretations that are frequently offered by commentators. One is that Germany, well aware of the Holocaust, has been "Europeanized" and is now prepared to serve as the capitalist and democratic locomotive that powers Europe. The other is that the proclivities behind Auschwitz have been suppressed rather than obliterated from the German psyche. Germany's liberal democracy was imposed by the allied victors, according to this view, and will one day dissolve, revealing the old expansionist tendencies to try to "Germanize" all of Europe. Markovits and Reich argue that benign contemporary assessments of Germany's postwar democracy, combined with admiration for the country's economic achievements, contribute to a German influence far greater than military might was able to achieve. Yet, at the same time, some Germans have internalized liberal and pacifist principles and now see their nation as powerless, simply a larger Switzerland. As a result, while the Germans have enormous influence and latitude, they have not taken responsibility for leadership. The prime reason for this gap between ideology and structure, Markovits and Reich suggest, lies in the politics of collective memory
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-240) and index
Subject Political culture -- Germany.
Europe -- Relations -- Germany.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1990-
Germany -- Relations -- Europe.
Author Reich, Simon, 1959-
LC no. 96042943
ISBN 0801428025 (alk. paper)