The Federal Republic of Germany at Fifty

The End of a Century of Turmoil

  • Peter H. Merkl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: Fifty Years of the FRG

    1. Peter H. Merkl
      Pages 1-24
  3. German Identity at the Cusp of a New Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Henry Ashby Turner Jr
      Pages 27-32
    3. William M. Chandler
      Pages 58-71
    4. Robert Rohrschneider
      Pages 72-83
  4. New Directions among the German Leadership

  5. Aging Governmental Structures

  6. Political Processes and Policies

  7. Germany in Europe and in the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Werner J. Feld
      Pages 287-298
    3. Michael G. Huelshoff
      Pages 299-312
    4. Christopher J. Anderson
      Pages 313-325
  8. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 361-373

About this book


Fifty years after the formation of the Federal Republic and a decade after German unification, we stand on the cusp of a new century and a new millennium of German history. At the same time EMU marks a giant stride towards European integration and the end of the Deutschmark. In this book, leading international scholars reflect on the dramatic transformations of Germany's past and on Germany's future prospects. Post-war democratic and economic renewal is set in the context of continuing debates about German identity. There are assessments of all major leaders, parties and ideologies; of the still unfinished agenda of integrating East and West; of how the next generation of German leaders will interact with ageing governmental structures; of the Bundesbank and the successes and failures of economic policy, the trade unions and the media; and of Germany's emerging new role in Europe and the world.


communism democracy desegregation economic policy Europe European Integration Germany government history media Policy reform Stand trade transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter H. Merkl
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-77042-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-27488-8
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