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- DescriptionThe rapprochment between France and the Federal Republic of Germany five years after the end of World War II was the cornerstone of all subsequent Western European history. Their previous hostility was a basis for arms races and wars--their friendship, the foundation for continually widening European ecomic and w political community. The unexpected reunification of Germany in 1990 sent shock waves through the French political class. Julius W. Friend explains the present French-German relationship, first investigating the recent past, then laying out the problems of the present and foreseeable future. Each chapter follows the history of the French-German relationship in the postwar period, covering the DeGaulle-Adenauer collaboration, the ecomic power of West Germany and its policy toward the East (and their effects on France), socialist governments in both countries, and French reactions toward the events of late 1989 in East Germany--and the initial reticence of the French to accept German reunification. The book concludes with the widely posed question of whether France is the big loser in regard to the recent events in Germany. Are France and Germany together still the linchpin of a stable Europe and the European Community? Do the countries still need each other? Friend's volume attempts to answer these and other intriguing questions, suggesting a European agenda for the next decade. The Linchpin is essential reading for political scientists, European studies scholars and students, and others examining the dynamics of a crucial inter-country relationship in the new Europe.
- Author BiographyJULIUS W. FRIEND is chairman for area studies on Francophone Europe at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia. He has also taught European diplomatic history and comparative politics at The George Washington University and lectured on French politics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies summer school. He retired in 1979 from the Central Intelligence Agency as senior analyst in European affairs. He is the author of Seven Years in France: Francois Mitterrand and the Unitendended Revolution (1989) and of numerous articles on the European Left in French Politics and Society, Studies in Comparative Communism, Problems of Communism, The Washington Quarterly, and Communisme (Paris).
- Author(s)Julius W. Friend
- Date of Publication11/12/1991
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Series TitleThe Washington Papers
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 154
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPraeger Publishers Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight402 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Foreword byAnton W. Deporte
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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