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New Perspectives in German Political Studies

German Federalism

Past, Present and Future

Editors: Umbach, M. (Ed.)

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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.

About the authors

ALON CONFINO Associate Professor, History Department, University of Virginia, USA MARY FULBROOK Professor of German History, University College London MARTIN DURRELL Henry Simon Professor of German, University of Manchester CHARLIE JEFFERY Professor of German Politics, University of Birmingham ANTHONY NICHOLLS Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford JEREMY NOAKES Professor History, University of Exeter WOLFGANG RENZSCH Professor of Politics, Otto-von-Guericke Universität, Magdeburg HAGEN SCHULZE Professor of History, Free University Berlin JOACHIM WHALEY Lecturer, German Department, University of Cambridge

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'This authoritative and stimulating examination of an important but neglected problem is one of the most important books on German history to have been published in recent years.' - Professor T.C.W. Blanning, F.B.A., Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

'A unique exploration of the cultural meanings of federalism which have informed political and administrative debates in Germany. Federalism emerges as a constantly changing, frequently renewed political tradition - and as a persistent cultural idiom, embodying fundamental collective attitudes and experiences of the nation. Anyone interested in understanding why Germany continues to be a place where political unity can never be taken for granted must read these insightful essays.' - Celia Applegate

'This rich, multidisciplinary collection examines the important tension between historical contingency and continuity in the practice of German federalism from the Holy Roman Empire to the present.' - Professor Simon Bulmer, Head of the Government Department, University of Manchester

'This remarkable book offers an alternative reading of German history. It denies the traditional arguments about the inevitability of the national state in German history but also questions fashionable ideas about the role of federalism. It question all the orthodoxies. A must for all those interested in the German past, present or future.' - Jonathan Steinberg, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Modern European History, Philadelphia


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
German Federalism
Book Subtitle
Past, Present and Future
Editors
  • M. Umbach
Series Title
New Perspectives in German Political Studies
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-50579-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230505797
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-96860-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-42862-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 215
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