The 'German Question,' long a subject of debate, is considered here at the close of a turbulent century, after Germany's defeat in two world wars, the Weimar failure and Nazi disaster, Cold War division, and the nation's unexpected recent reunification. This book systematically explores the issue in terms of its four central dimensions: Germany's identity, national unity, power, and role in world politics. Ambitious in conception and meticulous in execution, Dirk Verheyen's wide-ranging analysis incorporates historical and geopolitical considerations in an intellectually rigorous yet accessible discussion.
* A Troubled Identity and a Difficult Fatherland * Cultural Change and National Identity in West Germany * East Germany: An Enduring Legacy? * Shifting Traditions and Lessons in Foreign Policy * Philosophical and Ideological Orientations in West German Foreign Policy, 1945-1990 * The Last Cold War Decade: A New German Question? * The Unification of Germany and the Transformation of Europe * United But Not Yet Unified: Germany Between Past and Future * Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary German Foreign Policy