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From the Bonn to the Berlin Republic: Germany at the Twentieth Anniversary of Unification

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From the Bonn to the Berlin Republic

Germany at the Twentieth Anniversary of Unification

Edited by Jeffrey Anderson and Eric Langenbacher

416 pages, 51 figures and tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-221-4 $39.95/£31.95 Pb Published (November 2010)

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Altogether the contributions make for informative reading. The volume poses clear questions about the state of inner-German unity, and about the extent to which globalization, Europeanization, and the Cold War have changed the country.”  ·  German Studies Review

"…the specific topics addressed in the individual contributions are handled and presented with admirable fluency, and none of the chapters appear out of place, overly niched, or superfluous to the overall narrative being communicated…In comparison to a number of recently published monograph histories of the Berlin Republic, this detailed volume contains much more specific material on the themes it addresses. While it thus cannot replace the narrative history of those monographs, it will function very well as a complement for advanced students and researchers alike."  ·  German History


The fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of East and West Germany in 1989/90 were events of world-historical significance. The twentieth anniversary of this juncture represents an excellent opportunity to reflect upon the evolution of the new Berlin Republic. Given the on-going significance of the country for theory and concept–building in many disciplines, an in-depth examination of the case is essential. In this volume, unique in its focus on all aspects of contemporary Germany - culture, historiography, society, politics and the economy - top scholars offer their assessments of the country’s performance in these and other areas and analyze the successes and continued challenges.

Jeffrey Anderson is Graf Goltz Professor of Government and Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University. He is an expert in European politics, with special emphasis on the European Union and postwar German politics and foreign policy. Recent publications include, The End of the West? Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order (edited with G. John Ikenberry and Thomas Risse, Cornell University Press, 2008); German Unification and the Union of Europe: The Domestic Politics of Integration Policy (Cambridge University Press, 1999).

Eric Langenbacher is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Honors and Special Programs, Department of Government, Georgetown University. He did his graduate work in the Government Department and Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown, completing his Ph.D. with Distinction in 2002. Recent edited publications include Launching the Grand Coalition: The 2005 Bundestag Election and the Future of German Politics (Berghahn Books, 2006) and Power and the Past: Collective Memory and International Relations, with Yossi Shain (Georgetown University Press, 2010).

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Germany


Jeffrey J. Anderson


Chapter 1. The Federal Republic at Sixty: Popular Myths, Actual Accomplishments and Competing Interpretations
Konrad H. Jarausch

Chapter 2. “Als wär’s ein Stück von uns ...” German Politics and Society Traverses Twenty Years of United Germany Charles Maier


Chapter 3. The Last East German and the Memory of the German Democratic Republic
A. James McAdams

Chapter 4. The Mastered Past? Collective Memory Trends in Germany since Unification
Eric Langenbacher

Chapter 5. Obamamaniaand Anti-Americanism as Complementary Concepts in Contemporary German Discourse
Ruth Hatlapa and Andrei S. Markovits

Chapter 6. Passing Time since the Wende: Recent German Film on Unification
Bradley Prager

Chapter 7. Post coitum triste est…? Sexual Politics and Cultures in Pzostunification Germany
Dagmar Herzog

Chapter 8. From Ausländer to Inlander: The Changing Faces of Citizenship in Post-Wall Germany
Joyce Marie Mushaben

Chapter 9. The Social Integration of Germany since Unification
Hilary Silver

Chapter 10. Gender Politics in the Berlin Republic: Four Issues of Identity and Institutional Change
Myra Marx Ferree


Chapter 11. The Federal Republic at Twenty: Of Blind Spots and Peripheral Visions
Jeffrey J. Anderson

Chapter 12.Is There a Single German Party System?
Russell J. Dalton and Willy Jou

Chapter 13. Higher Education in Germany: Fragmented Change or Paradigm Shift?
Helga Welsh

Chapter 14. The Normative Power of a Normal State: Power and Revolutionary Vision in Germany’s Post-Wall Foreign Policy
Beverly Crawford

Chapter 15. Flight From Risk: Unified Germany and the Role of Beliefs in the European Response to the Financial Crisis
Abraham Newman


Chapter 16 German Economic Unification Twenty Years Later
Holger Wolf

Chapter 17. The Elusive Quest for Normalcy: The German Economy since Unification
Stephen J. Silvia

Chapter 18. Twenty Years after German Unification: The Restructuring the German Welfare and Employment Regime
Anke Hassel

Chapter 19. Industry and Finance in Germany since Unification
Richard Deeg

Chapter 20. Ideas, Institutions and Organized Capitalism: The German Model of Political Economy Twenty Years after Unification Christopher
S. Allen

Conclusion: The Germans Must Have Done Something Right
Eric Langenbacher


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