International Politics and German History: The Past Informs the Present

David Wetzel, Theodore S. Hamerow
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997 - 180 sidor

Questions of international politics, as they relate to German history, are explored in this authoritative and controversial volume. Of the seven essays that constitute the book, four--those by Schroeder, Lauren, Rupieper, and Abenheim--center on diplomatic history and international politics, while the other three--by Barclay, Chickering, and Post--illuminate related political and cultural transformations. The Afterword by the two editors, Wetzel and Hamerow, deals with the works and philosophy of Gordon Craig, the preeminent historian of Germany to whom the book is dedicated. Craig's achievement has been to bring knowledge and interpretation into narrative history and to show that history is a self-sufficient and self-contained discipline, important for its own sake. These essays are bold and provocative; they can rightly claim originality, new insights, hitherto unrecognized aspects, new techniques of analysis for the subjects they cover; and for these reasons, as much as for any other, they deserve the attention of all those who care about German or international history.

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Does the History of International Politics Go Anywhere?
The Diplomatic Revolution of Our Time
Monarchy Court and Society in Constitutional Prussia
Karl Lamprecht A Historians History
Der Bund fur Burgerrechte Transnational Relations and the Problem of Democratization in West Germany 19491954
German Unity and Military Professionalism The Officer Corps of the German Armed Forces Confronts the Legacy of the Nationale Volksarmee Nov...
Reflections on the German Question
Gordon A Craig and the OldFashioned Way of Doing History
Selected Bibliography
About the Editors and Contributors

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Sida 44 - fair play" must be reconsidered. We must develop effective espionage and counter-espionage services and must learn to subvert, sabotage and destroy our enemies by more clever, more sophisticated, and more effective methods than those used against us.
Sida 43 - We cannot recognize, hold official relations with, or give friendly reception to the agents of a government which is determined and bound to conspire against our institutions ; whose diplomats will be the agitators of dangerous revolt ; whose spokesmen say that they sign agreements with no intention of keeping them.
Sida 43 - In the view of this government, there cannot be any common ground upon which it can stand with a power whose conceptions of international relations are so entirely alien to its own, so utterly repugnant to its moral sense.
Sida 156 - The facts are really not at all like fish on the fishmonger's slab. They are like fish swimming about in a vast and sometimes inaccessible ocean ; and what the historian catches will depend, partly on chance, but mainly on what part of the ocean he chooses to fish in and what tackle he chooses to use — these two factors being, of course, determined by the kind of fish he wants to catch.
Sida 44 - At the present moment in world history nearly every nation must choose between alternative ways of life. The choice is too often not a free one.
Sida 45 - paradise of gangsters, swindlers, rascals, special agents, fascist germs, speculators, debauchers and all the dregs of mankind." President Truman and General Douglas MacArthur became "mad dogs," "bloodstained bandits," "murderers," "rapists,
Sida 44 - It is now clear that we are facing an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination by whatever means and at whatever cost. There are no rules in such a game. Hitherto acceptable norms of human conduct do not apply. If the United States is to survive, long-standing American concepts of "fair play
Sida 6 - Two great princes who wish to establish good personal relations should never meet each other face to face but ought to communicate through good and wise emissaries.
Sida 38 - Chinamen, Japanese, Koreans, Hindus, Kirghizes, Lesghiens, Circassians, Mingrelians, Buryats, Malays, and Negroes and Negroids from Africa and America were among the tribes and tongues forgathered in Paris to watch the rebuilding of the political world system and to see where they 'came...
Sida 51 - we as a government and as a society are going to have to acknowledge that our economic health and our ability to trade competitively on the world market may be the single most important component of our national security as we move into the next century.

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Om författaren (1997)

DAVID WETZEL is an analyst in the administration of the University of California at Berkeley.

THEODORE S. HAMEROW is G. P. Gooch Professor Emeritus of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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