Contemporary Germany
Essays & Texts on Politics, Economics & Society

By Mark Allinson, et al.
May 2000
Pearson Education
ISBN: 0582357144
448 pages
$87.50 Paper Original


Designed for combined Language and Social Science 2nd and 3rd year courses on Germany found in departments of, German, Politics, Modern Language and European Studies. This book charts the post-war development of Germany - East & West - through to reunification and Germany's evolving role in world politics and economics. It combines a concise yet comprehensive introduction in English to contemporary German politics, society & economics with extensive authentic extracts from German language publications backed up with specially developed language exercises.

Introduction Part 1: German Politics Since 1945: From Division to Divided Unity 1. Introduction 2. Dividing Germany 3. Germany in the international context 4. 1948-49: From the Berlin Blockade to two German states 5. Political parties 6. The Basic Law - guarantor of West German democracy 7. Chancellor democracy? 8. The FRG 1949-66 9. Sovereignty and western integration 10. Controversy in domestic affairs 11. New directions and consolidation: The Federal Republic, 1966-89 12. Grand Coalition, 1966-69 13. Ostpolitik 14. 'Daring more democracy' 15. Kohl as chancellor before unification 16. The 'second German state' 17. The structures of people's democracy 18. Challenges to the socialist order 19. Conformity, recognition and stagnation

20. Collapse 21. United Germany, 1990-1998 22. Uniting Germany 23. Tackling the GDR legacy 24. The PDS and the new party system 25. Unification and the established parties 26. A right wing threat? 27. Conclusion 28. Suggestions for further reading 29. Texts and exercises Part 2: The German Economy 30. Introduction 31. Establishing order 32. Postwar recovery in Germany: myth and reality 33. Normalization, 1960-72 34. Stagflation and monetarism in West Germany, 1973-82 35. The neo-liberal revolution in West Germany, 1982-89 36. German unification and the German economy 37. German unification and Europe 38. Conclusion: An uncertain future for Germany's political economy 39. Suggestions for further reading 40. Texts and exercises

Part 3: German Society 41. Introduction 42. Social Groups and Divisions 43. Social structure 44. East and west 45. Germans and foreigners 46. Women 47. Youth and generations 48. Social Institutions 49. Marriage and the family 50. Education 51. Religion 52. Mass Media 53. Conclusion 54. Suggestions for further reading 55. Texts and exercises 56. Chronology Index

" Original non-technical essays in English provide an excellent jargon-free introduction to contemporary Germany. " Over 60 extracts from German language publications - extremely useful selection of original documents saving lecturers search time and providing authentic resources for students to develop technical vocabulary and language skills. " Specifically developed language exercises designed to reduce lecturer preparation time and provide students with range of exercises to practise comprehension, translation, grammar and vocabulary. " Chronology of main events. " Annotated guides to further reading.

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