German Federalism

Past, Present and Future

  • Maiken¬†Umbach

Part of the New Perspectives in German Studies book series (NPG)

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About this book


This book explores the German idea of federalism denoting 'diversity within unity'. Historians, linguists and political scientists examine how federalism emerged in the Holy Roman Empire, was re-shaped by nineteenth-century cultural movements, and was adopted by the unified state in 1871 and again after 1945. The myth of federalism as a safeguard against totalitarianism is tested in regard to the Third Reich and the GDR. The book concludes with an outlook on German federalism's future in Europe.


1871 empire Europe federalism Germany history Third Reich

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  • Maiken¬†Umbach
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

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