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Culture and customs of Germany
Bernstein, Eckhard.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
xvi, 217 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
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DD290.26 .B47 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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After more than a decade of reunification, it is time for a fresh update on the ever-important nation of Germany. Bernstein, a German native, judiciously surveys the German way of life in an historical context. The information on the former East Germany brings their integration and struggles into a well-rounded portrait. Highlights of the narrative chapters also include discussion of the immigrant population and its effects on the national image, little-known customs for students, the shifting roles of women, and, of course, the magnificent cultural achievements of Germans past and present.

Students studying German and European History, as well as tourists and Europhiles, will find this the best one-stop resource to understand the new Germany. Photos, a chronology, and a glossary complement the narrative.

Author Notes

ECKHARD BERNSTEIN is Professor of German and Coordinator of the German Program at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Chronologyp. xiii
1 Geography, Population, Languagep. 1
2 Modern German History: Ruptures and Continuitiesp. 13
3 Holidays, Customs, Leisurep. 31
4 Food, Wine, Beer, and Fashionp. 49
5 Women, Marriage, and Educationp. 65
6 Religionp. 81
7 Literaturep. 97
8 The Media and Cinemap. 117
9 Performing Arts: Theater, Music, Opera, Dance, and Cabaretp. 137
10 Paintingp. 157
11 Architecturep. 177
Glossaryp. 195
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 209