Cloth $77.50 ISBN: 9780859894944 Published January 1995 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The New Germany

Social, Political and Cultural Challenges of Unification

Edited by Derek Lewis and John McKenzie

The New Germany

Edited by Derek Lewis and John McKenzie

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

352 pages | 9 x 5-9/10
Cloth $77.50 ISBN: 9780859894944 Published January 1995 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The New Germany provides a picture of contemporary Germany from a variety of perspectives, establishing relationships between recent political events and sociey and cultural life. Contributors include distinguished specialists in German Studies, including John Sandford, Michael Patterson, Karl Koch and Chrales Jeffery.

Part 1 sets the scene, discussingthe demise of East Germany from hisorical perspective and unification in terms of the social problems that have been provoked.

Part 2 covers the new political structre and Germany’s role as a European power as well as the the social, educational and economic problems generated, especially in the east, by the western takeover of the former GDR. Part 3 is an extensive section devoted to culture and the arts, with studies of the media, literature, theatre, film and language.

Contributions by
Mark Blacksell, Martin Brady, Dagmar Flinspach, Helen Hughes, Charles Jeffery, Karl Koch, Derek Lewis, John McKenzie, James Mellis, Edward Neather, Gerald Opie, Michael Patterson, Jochen Rohlfs, John Sandford, Ingrid Sharp and Jürgen A. K. Thomaneck


Part I: Setting the Scene: the Demise of East Germany

1. From Euphoria to Reality: Social Problems of Post-Unification (Jürgen A. K. Thomaneck)

2. Views of the Wende (Gerald Opie)

3. The GDR: Wende and Legacy (Derek Lewis)

Part II: The Political, Social and Economic Challenges

4. Germany as a European Power (Mark Blacksell)

5. The Changing Framework of German Politics since Unification (Charles Jeffery)

6. The German Economy: Decline or Stability? (Karl Koch)

7. Education in the New Germany (Edward Neather)

8. Women in Germany from Division to Unification (Ingrid Sharp and Dagmar Flinspach)

Part III: The Cultural and Artistic Challenges

9. The German Media (John Sandford)

10. Writers in Transition: The End Of East German Literature? (James Mellis)

11. German Literature after Unification (Jochen Rohlfs)

12. The German Theatre (Michael Patterson)

13. German Film after the Wende (Helen Hughes and Martin Brady)

14. The German Language: From Revolt to Division (Derek Lewis)

Chronology of Events
Review Quotes
Political Studies

“Aimed at both general readers and students of German, this valuable work with contributions from respected scholars in the field of German studies provides useful background information on contemporary Germany, its institutions and culture with the main focus on ’the experiences of Germans in the new federal states’.” –Political Studies, Vol. 45, No. 2, June 1997

German Studies

“Much of the detail, statistics and up-to-date material will appeal to academics; it is, however, a useful standard text that could be recommended to students on a range of German and European studies courses requiring Landeskunde on the current situation in the new Germany. The layout and extensive nature of the coverage mean that this well-written book will be valuable for both lecturers and students from a number of disciplines. The editors are to be congratulated on the way in which they have successfully brought together so many contributions from different authors and different areas of expertise.” –German Studies

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