This text is an introductory survey of German society focusing on the post-unification situation. It raises questions relating to German identity and adopts an integrated approach, considering society, culture, politics, economics and history. The stability and normality of the Federal Republic and its position in world affairs is assessed. The book aims to provide the background to contemporary Germany required for students of modern languages, or those courses containing an element of German studies.
'An excellent, concise analysis of the main features of the political, economic and cultural aspects of a changing Germany in a changing Europe.' – Dr Peter James, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
'Understanding Contemporary Germany is an informed, clearly structured, internally well articulated and extremely useful volume for the introduction of crucial history, social, political, cultural and economic aspects of contemporary Germany. It is well worth considering for any "German Studies" curriculum.' – Hans J. Rindisbacher, Popona College, USA.
'This timely book provides a comprehensive account of social, economic, political and intellectual developments in post-war Germany until early 1996. The book includes a useful chronical of political events and a glossary and will provide a reliable guide to the many undergraduates who will doubtless use it.' – Ian Wallace, University of Bath.