This book is about the relationships between peoples. There are chapters on youth and academic exchanges, educational co-operation, the national cultural programmes of France and Germany, business and trade union contacts, twin-towning and the work of private societies dedicated to fostering rapprochement. While describing these activities the authors have tried to evaluate them as a model for wider European collaboration.
'The many contacts between French and German citizens, some facilitated by government agreements and policies, others developing autonomously, and almost all contributing in some measure to the reconciliation of the two peoples that had known each other better in wars than in peace. A useful study that views the Franco-German experience as a possible model for Europe and that touches on a range of topics from Astérix to economics.'Foreign Affairs
1. National Cultural Policies: Their Aims and Execution 2. Franco-German Youth Exchanges 3. Franco-German Academic Exchanges and their Educational Collaboration 4. The Problem of a Common Language 5. The Developemnt of Franco-German Economic Ties 6. Relations Between the Workers in Both Countries 7. Twin Towning and Contacts at Popular Level 8. The Role of Private Initiative in Franco-German Understanding 9. A Brief Survey of Bilateralism and of European Cultural Work at Multilateral Level 10. The Franco-German Experience as a European Model