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Reluctant Meister: How Germany's Past is Shaping Its European Future

Stephen Green

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ISBN 10: 190832368X / ISBN 13: 9781908323682
Published by Haus Publishing, 2014
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Title: Reluctant Meister: How Germany's Past is ...

Publisher: Haus Publishing

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

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The Euro crisis has served as a stark reminder of the fundamental importance of Germany to the larger European project. But the image of Germany as the dominant power in Europe is at odds with much of its recent history. "Reluctant Meister "is a wide-ranging study of Germany from the Holy Roman Empire through the Second and Third Reichs, and asks not only how such a mature and developed culture could have descended into the barbarism of Nazism but how it then rebuilt itself within a generation to become an economic powerhouse. Perhaps most important, Stephen Green examines to what extent Germany will come to dominate its relationship with its neighbors in the European Union, and what that will mean.


&quot;Green traces the relationship between Germany and Europe over 2,000 years, from the Germanic tribes' victory over the Romans to the Bundesrepublik's cautious response to Ukraine. He guides us deftly though politics and poetry, theology, and economics to allow the reader to understand how Germany--the reticent giant--sees itself and its role in the Europe of tomorrow. This is the history that is now shaping our continent: Green is the ideal person to help us understand it.&quot; --Neil MacGregor, author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: The Memories of a Nation<br /><br />'A readable and personal introduction to German history and above all its art, literature and music... Like other British writers such as Peter Watson and Simon Winder, [Stephen Green] sets out to correct and enlarge British perceptions of Germany, which, he argues, focus excessively on the Third Reich.' --The Times Literary Supplement<br /><br />'The best book of 2014 was Reluctant Meister, Stephen Green's superb analysis of German history and culture' --The Globe and Mail

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