Cloth $29.95 ISBN: 9781908323682 Will Publish November 2014 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Reluctant Meister

How Germany's Past is Shaping Its Future

Stephen Green

Stephen Green

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320 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/4
Cloth $29.95 ISBN: 9781908323682 Will Publish November 2014 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
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.
Neil MacGregor, author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: The Memories of a Nation
“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.”
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