Rationality and Emotion

Comparative Studies of the Franco-German and Sino-Japanese Reconciliations

  • Lin Ren

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-13
  2. Lin Ren
    Pages 15-36
  3. Lin Ren
    Pages 65-82
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    Pages 83-99
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    Pages 101-124
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 177-190

About this book


Reconciliation is an important agenda for post-war countries. It plays a major role in harmonizing bilateral and regional relations. Lin Ren compares reconciliations between the Sino-Japanese and the Franco-German dyads. Each dyad shares a deep-rooted historic antagonism. Nevertheless, France and Germany have reached a far deeper degree of reconciliation. The author explores the causes that led to the diverse outcomes, so as to challenge taking rationality as the single micro-foundation of decision-making concerning reconciliation.



·        Economic Interdependence

·        Maintaining or Challenging Equilibrium

·        Convergent Memories of History

·        Political Similarity

·        Territorial Narratives



Target Groups

·        Researchers and students in the fields of political science, international relations and history

·        Journalists, politicians


 The Author

Dr. Lin Ren completed her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers at the Department of Political and Social Sciences.


Bilateral Relations after World War II Comparative Studies International Relations Peace and Conflict Reconciliation

Authors and affiliations

  • Lin Ren
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  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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