Germany, Europe and the Persistence of Nations
Transformation, Interests and Identity, 1989-1996
Published in 1998, this book is an articulate and densely documented account of political, cultural and historical forces and tensions involved in contemporary European integration; most especially concerning Germany. In doing so it provides an effective fusion of a vast array of material from what are normally separate disciplines.
The book investigates contemporary resonances of identifications and conceptions of political boundaries that appeared in Europe in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century. It argues that within a ‘supranationalising’ Europe, national identity and nationalism have not disappeared as cultural and political phenomena. Rather they persist and manifest themselves in variable forms at popular and elite levels. This is the basis for Europe’s condition of far from completed unity, at the centre of which is now a reunited Germany, more sure of itself but less sure of the world around it.
Table of Contents
1. Nations and Nationalism 2. Culture and Politics 3. German Identity Before and After Reunification 4. German Domestic Polity, Politics and Economics 5. German Foreign Policy in a ‘Time with no Name’ 6. France, Germany and Europe 7. Britain, Germany and Europe 8. Europe and the Union: New Theatre, Old Actors.