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Title:
Issues in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Author:
Turk, Eleanor L., 1935-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xii, 202 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780313318573
Format :
Book

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Central Library DD290.29 .T88 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Ongoing historical and political controversies in three Germanic countries are presented for student debate and reports. Eleven issues--from German unification to Swiss neutrality--are considered. Original essays provide extensive background information and probe hypothetical positions that give a sense of the public responses to current events.

The Germanic countries are major players in modern European history and remain focal points in a collective Western consciousness still grappling with the aftermath of the Holocaust and the Cold War. This book distills Germany, Austria, and Switzerland's ongoing historical and political controversies for student debate and reports. Eleven issues--from German unification to Swiss neutrality--are considered. Original essays provide extensive background information and probe hypothetical positions that give a sense of the public responses to current events.

This volume will energize the study of German language and culture. There are no easy answers to the questions that the issues raise, and readers will have to negotiate nuanced arguments and use critical-thinking skills to defend a position. Each issue provides a Questions and Activities section to stimulate lively consideration of the European powers, past and present. Copious use of German words aids translating skills.


Author Notes

ELEANOR L. TURK is Professor of History emerita at Indiana University East. Her book The History of Germany (Greenwood, 1999) was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice Magazine.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Germany
1. The Politics of German Unificationp. 3
2. The Economics of German Unificationp. 21
3. Germany, Anti-Semitism, and the Holocaustp. 43
4. The Sonderwey and the Historikerstreit: The Battle over German Historyp. 59
5. Germany's Immigration Dilemma: Nationality State or Multi-ethnic Society?p. 75
6. Is Germany Really United?p. 91
Austria
7. The Kurt Waldheim Controversyp. 109
8. Austrian Neofascismp. 125
9. The Jorg Haider Controversyp. 141
Switzerland
10. Swiss Banking and the Holocaustp. 157
11. Swiss Neutralityp. 175
Indexp. 195

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