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 it 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.
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About the Author
Stephen Green has been a trustee of the British Museum and was minister of state for trade and investment in the British government, retiring in 2013. He currently chairs the Natural History Museum of London. His books include The European Identity: Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny.
Table of Contents
1. Springtime in Berlin
2. Tears for my Country
3. That Cursed Duty
4. The Awakening of Germania
5. Dem Deutschen Volke
6. Memories, Dreams and Nightmares
7. The Pact with the Devil
8. Remnants, Renewal, Redemption, Reconciliation
9. Confronting the Ghosts of Germany Past
10. The Reluctant Leader of the New Europe
11. Transfiguration and Apotheosis?