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France and the Reunification of Germany

Leadership in the Workshop of World Politics

Authors: Schabert, Tilo

  • Re-creates French cabinet meetings and communications between Mitterrand and George H. W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, Helmut Kohl, Margaret Thatcher, and other world leaders.
  • Shows the decisive role that France played in the orchestration of German reunification.
  • Reshapes our understanding of Germany's reunification,
  • the end of the Cold war and the construction of a New Europe
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With the collapse of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European bloc, the reunification of Germany was a major episode in the history of modern Europe — and one widely held to have been opposed by that country's centuries-old enemy, France. But while it has been previously believed that French President François Mitterrand played a negative role in events leading up to reunification, this book shows that Mitterrand's main concern was not the potential threat of an old nemesis but rather that a reunified Germany be firmly anchored in a unified Europe.

Updated with a new introduction and other materials, the book blends primary research and interviews with key actors in France and Germany to take readers behind the scenes of world governments as a new Europe was formed. Tilo Schabert had unprecedented, exclusive access to French presidential archives and here focuses on French diplomacy not only to dispel the notion that Mitterrand was reluctant to accept reunification but also to show how successful he was in bringing it about.

About the authors

Tilo Schabert is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Erlangen, Germany. He also taught at the Universities of Munich, Stanford, Bochum, Trier and Dresden, and was Research Fellow at Stanford, Harvard and the Australian National University, as well as Senior Heisenberg Research Fellow at the German Research Council. Schabert was Visiting Professor in Lisbon, Perpignan, Paris, Rennes, Salerno, Naples and Beijing.

Reviews

“This is a book that, by the wealth of its questioning and the clearness of its presentation, by the scrupulous criticism of all available sources and the use of an analytical method which is thoroughly original and perfectly adapted to the exceptional character of the historical moment in question, leads the reader to the very heart of the decision-making process in international politics and provides him with the apt keys for its interpretation. With this work, Tilo Schabert establishes himself as one of the finest and subtlest exegetes of Mitterrand’s complex world of thought, and a sharp-sighted decoder of the relation between France and Germany in its singularity and uniqueness. Interpreting politics as a phenomenon of fluidity, Schabert offers a beautiful illustration of the art of government practiced by persons who are conscious of their responsibility in the face of history.” 
- Jean Musitelli, Diplomat and former Spokesman for President François Mitterrand (1991-1995)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Political Science of History

    Pages 1-10

    Schabert, Tilo

  • Thinking at the Élysée

    Pages 11-20

    Schabert, Tilo

  • In the Workshop of World Politics

    Pages 21-45

    Schabert, Tilo

  • World Politics, European Politics, and German Politics: “The Grand Strategy”

    Pages 47-62

    Schabert, Tilo

  • German Politics, European Politics, and World Politics: “Everything That Is Not Impossible Is Possible”

    Pages 63-89

    Schabert, Tilo

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
France and the Reunification of Germany
Book Subtitle
Leadership in the Workshop of World Politics
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-80763-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-80763-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-80762-7
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XX, 459
Additional Information
Originally published with the title: How World Politics is Made: France and the Reunification of Germany by University of Missouri Press, Columbia (MO), 2009
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