Few countries have caused or experienced more calamities in the 20th century than Germany. The country emerged from the Cold War as a newly united and sovereign state, eventually becoming Europe's indispensable partner for all major domestic and foreign policy initiatives. This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of some of the major issues of German domestic politics, economics, foreign policy, and culture by leading experts in their respective fields. This book serves primarily as a reference work on Germany for scholars and an interested public, but through this broader lens it also provides a magnifying glass of global developments which are challenging and transforming the modern state. The growing importance of Germany as a political actor and economic partner makes this endeavor all the more timely and pertinent from a German, European, and global perspective.
About the Author
Klaus Larres, Richard M Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and International Affairs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Holger Moroff, Visiting professor of Strategic Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ruth Wittlinger, Professor, Durham University Klaus Larres is the Richard M Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously he held professorships at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS, Yale, London University and Queen's University Belfast in the UK, and served as Counselor and Senior Foreign Policy Adviser at the German embassy in Beijing, China. Holger Moroff is visiting professor of strategic studies at the National Defense University and an adjunct professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously he also taught international and comparative politics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and at Leibniz University Hannover. His research focuses on security theories, comparative political corruption, and the internationalization of anti-corruption regimes. Ruth Wittlinger (1961-2020) was a Professor in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK, and the Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She published extensively on memory and identity in post-unification Germany and Europe.