The Paradox of German Power

Hardcover | January 28, 2015

byHans Kundnani

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Since the Euro crisis began, Germany has emerged as Europe's dominant power. During the last three years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been compared with Bismarck and even Hitler in the European media. And yet few can deny that Germany today is very different from the stereotype ofnineteenth- and twentieth-century history. After nearly seventy years of struggling with the Nazi past, Germans think that they more than anyone have learned its lessons. Above all, what the new Germany thinks it stands for is peace. Germany is unique in this combination of economic assertivenessand military abstinence. So what does it mean to have a "German Europe" in the twenty-first century?In The Paradox of German Power, Hans Kundnani explains how Germany got to where it is now and where it might go in future. He explores German national identity and foreign policy through a series of tensions in German thinking and action: between continuity and change, between "normality" and"abnormality," between economics and politics, and between Europe and the world.

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Since the Euro crisis began, Germany has emerged as Europe's dominant power. During the last three years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been compared with Bismarck and even Hitler in the European media. And yet few can deny that Germany today is very different from the stereotype ofnineteenth- and twentieth-century history. After...

Hans Kundnani is Editorial Director at the European Council on Foreign Relations, having previously worked as a journalist for The Guardian, The Observer, Financial Times, Prospect and the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of Utopia or Auschwitz: Germany's 1968 Generation and the Holocaust.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.58 × 5.79 × 0.91 inPublished:January 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction: The return of history?1. The German question2. Idealism and realism3. Continuity and change4. Perpetrators and victims5. Economics and politics6. Europe and the worldConclusion: Geo-economic semi-hegemonyNotesIndex

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"Observers of the German political scene already know Hans Kundnani as one of the most perceptive observers of Germany around. The Paradox of German Power is an historically informed, carefully considered, concise treatment of the evolution and contemporary nature of German foreign policy. Itwill surely cement Kundnani's status as one of Europe's top analysts of Germany." --Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University