The Routledge Handbook of German Politics & Culture (Hardback)Sarah Colvin (editor)
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The Routledge Handbook of German Politics and Culture offers a wide-ranging and authoritative account of Germany in the 21st century. It gathers the expertise of internationally leading scholars of German culture, politics, and society to explore and explain
historical pathways to contemporary Germany
the current `Berlin Republic'
society and diversity
Germany and Europe
Germany and the world.
This is an essential resource for students, researchers, and all those looking to understand contemporary German politics and culture.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 494
Weight: 1021 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 33 mm
It could hardly be more important, and at the same time it could hardly be more straightforward. Anyone who wants to understand the difficult options that face today's Europe has to understand what makes contemporary Germany tick. And anyone who wants to understand the new Germany will find the Handbook of German Politics and Culture an essential toolbox of insights for both of these tasks.
Martin Kettle, Chief Leader Writer, The Guardian.
This is an impressively up-to-date and comprehensive survey of contemporary German political, economic and cultural life. It also offers important insights into Germany's relationship with Europe and the wider world. The contributions, written by an array of internationally renowned scholars, are lively, interesting, informative and engaged. The book will be of great interest to scholars, students and the general public alike.
Professor Bill Niven, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Anne Fuchs titles her essay, one of 28 in this fine collection, "World War II in cultural memory: Dresden as lieu de memoire" and concludes, "Trauma, historical contextualization, and reconciliation are the three dominant interpretive schemas that have shaped a self-conscious memory of the Dresden bombing since German unification." One could argue that many of the pieces deal with these three themes in different ways and from different perspectives-political, economic, through the lens of gender, ethnic, religious, and international relations, among others. The individual contributions (most by experts in their respective fields, from Ute Frevert and Mary Fulbrook to Jeffrey Anderson and Fatima El-Tayeb) are interpretive rather than descriptive, though many feature basic information related to Germany's current political and economic system along with its cultural and social activities. One can read these individually or note that several themes emerge in multiple essays-e.g., Germany as a European nation and the importance of "soft power" and cultural diplomacy as a feature of late-20th- and 21st-century policy. The book serves as a significant snapshot of contemporary Germany by examining how it arrived at its current position and interrogating what is now defined as "German."
--M. Deshmukh, emerita, George Mason University
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