Germany is the only country in the world where two major transformations are taking place at the same time: a process of modernization in the west and a transition from command ecomy to free market ecomy in the east. In this work, Langguth highlights the dramatic social and political changes occurring in east and west Germany. He concludes that the increasingly complex European political and social landscape and the new diversity of lifestyles in Germany have raised levels of insecurity among individual Germans. Moreover, the end of the bipolar world, with its rigid political, social, and ecomic structures, is requiring Germans-particularly German youth-to adjust their political and philosophical positions. This important work will be of interest to scholars and students of Germany and the contemporary European scene.
GERD LANGGUTH is Executive Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Germany, as well as Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Bonn. He has served as a member of the German Bundestag, as a representative of Germany to the EC Commission, and has authored numerous books on Germany.