Using social constructivism theory, it provides a comparative assessment of Germany's post-reunification relations with the Czech Republic and Poland within the framework of the contemporary alliance structure. Identifying the key actors and factors, Cordell and Wolff examine the long-standing continuity in the norms and values that underpin German foreign policy and explore the issues of borders, territory, identities, minorities and population transfers. Paying particular attention to the process of European integration and the role of the new Germany within Europe, the authors identify how new possibilities for co-operation might finally overcome legacies of the past.
This pioneering study will be of particular interest to students of European politics and international studies.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 188
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 16 mm
`Karl Cordell and Stefan Wolff present a much-needed addition to the literature on the motivations of German foreign policy makers...they seek to present an important piece of the`German question' puzzle, and the result is a must-read book for anyone exploring ethnic relations.' - Journal of Contemporary European Studies
'Cordell and Wolff have published a useful study, which contributes to understanding the special relationship between Germany and its Eastern neighbours.' - Political Studies Review