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Germany : a country study

Author: Eric Solsten; Library of Congress. Federal Research Division.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, 1996.
Series: DA pam, 550-173.; Area handbook series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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Additional Physical Format: Germany
(OCoLC)45379590
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Solsten; Library of Congress. Federal Research Division.
ISBN: 0844408530 9780844408538
OCLC Number: 1001891725
Notes: "Research completed August 1995."
Description: xlix, 642 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Early history --
Medieval Germany. The Merovingian Dynasty, ca. 500-751 ; The Carolingian Dynasty, 752-911 ; The Saxon Dynasty, 919-1024 ; The Salian Dynasty, 1024-1125 ; The Hohenstaufen Dynasty, 1138-1254 ; The empire under the early Habsburgs --
The Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther ; Resistance to Lutheranism ; The Peace of Augsburg --
The Thirty Years' War, 1681-48. The Counter-Reformation and religious tensions ; military campaigns ; The Peace of Westphalia --
The age of enlightened absolutism, 1648-1789. Austria and Prussia ; The smaller states --
The French Revolution and Germany --
The German confederation, 1815-66. Economic and political trends toward unification ; The revolutions of 1848 ; The restoration --
Bismarck and unification --
Imperial Germany. Political parties ; The economy and population growth ; The tariff agreement of 1879 and its social consequences ; Bismarck's foreign policy ; Foreign policy in the Wilhelmine era ; World War I --
The Weimar Republic, 1918-33. The Weimar constitution ; Problems of parliamentary politics ; The Stresemann era ; Hitler and the rise of national socialism --
The Third Reich, 1933-45. The consolidation of power ; Foreign policy ; The outbreak of World War II ; Total mobilization, resistance, and the Holocaust ; Defeat --
Postwar occupation and division. The establishment of occupation zones ; The Nuremberg Trials and denazification ; Political parties and democratization ; The creation of the bizone ; The birth of the Federal Republic of Germany ; The birth of the German democratic republic --
West Germany and the community of nations. Rearmament and the European defense community ; Social market economy ; Ludwig Erhard and the grand coalition --
The Ulbricht era, 1949-71. Consolidation of the new state ; Planned economy ; The Warsaw Pact and the National People's Army ; The Berlin Wall ; The "socialist state of the German nation" ; The social democratic-free democratic coalition, 1969-82. Willy Brandt ; Ostpolitik ; Helmut Schmidt ; The student movement and terrorism ; The Greens --
The Christian democratic/Christian socialist-free democratic coalition, 1983- --
The Honecker era, 1971-89. The conference on security and cooperation in Europe ; The new East German constitution and the question of identity ; Relations between the two Germanys ; The peace movement and internal resistance ; The last days of East Germany --
The opening of the Berlin Wall and unification --
Physical setting. Topography ; Drainage ; Climate ; The environment --
Population. Historical background ; Fertility ; Age-gender distribution ; Mortality ; Population distribution and urbanization ; Immigration ; Ethnic minorities --
Women in society --
Marriage and family --
Housing --
Religion. Postwar Christianity ; Judaism ; Islam --
Social structure and social mobility --
The search for a new national identity --
Social insurance and welfare programs. Historical development. Provisions of the social welfare system ; Current social welfare issues and outlook for the future --
National health insurance and medical care. Development of the health care system ; Health insurance ; Health care providers ; Remuneration of health care providers ; Current health care issues and outlook for the future --
Education. Historical background ; Educational policy making and administration ; Education finances ; The education system ; Education in the new Lander ; Current education issues and outlook for the future --
Patterns of development. History ; The social market economy ; The economic miracle and beyond ; Unification and its aftermath ; Structural and technological questions --
The role of government and other institutions. The federal government role ; Land and local governments ; Government subsidies ; Government expenditures and the national debt ; The associations --
The culture of German management --
Labor and codetermination --
Agriculture, forestry, and fishing --
Industry. Manufacturing ; Energy and natural resources --
The financial system. The Bundesbank ; Banking and its role in the economy ; Nonbank financing --
Other services. Transportation ; Telecommunications ; Tourism [Cont.] Germany in the world economy. Germany in world finance and in the Group of Seven ; The deutsche mark as an international currency --
Germany in the European economy. Germany in the European community ; The European single market ; Germany and the European Union ; Germany in the European monetary system ; Germany and the European monetary union --
Foreign trade and investment. Trade philosophy and the trade balance ; International investment in and by Germany --
Foreign aid --
Constitutional framework. The constitution ; Federalism --
Government institutions. The president ; The chancellor and the cabinet ; The legislature ; The judiciary ; The civil service ; Land and the local government --
The electoral system --
Political parties. Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union ; Social Democratic Party of Germany ; Free Democratic Party ; The Greens ; The Republikaner and the German People's Union ; Party of democratic socialism --
Extraparty political forces. Business and industry ; Labor unions ; The churches ; Agriculture ; Citizens' initiative associations --
The mass media. Newspapers ; Radio and television --
Political developments since unification --
Major foreign policy goals and strategies. Early developments ; Postwar developments ; Unification ; Foreign reaction to unification ; Postunification developments --
Foreign policy formulation. Institutional framework ; Domestic influences on foreign policy ; The out-of-area debate --
International cooperation. North Atlantic Treaty Organization ; Western European Union ; Eurocorps ; European Union ; Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ; United Nations --
Military tradition. Early history ; Prussia's emergence as a military power ; The German military in two world wars ; Creation of the Bundeswehr --
Strategic concerns and military missions --
The armed forces. Command and control ; Army ; Navy ; Air force ; Training ; Reserves ; Morale --
Integration of East German armed forces --
Defense budget --
Military justice --
Uniforms, ranks, and insignia --
Citizens in uniform. Personnel policies ; Service obligations ; Benefits --
Defense production and export --
Foreign military relations --
International military missions --
Internal security. Federal police agencies ; Land police agencies ; Criminal justice ; Incidence of crime and incarceration ; Dissidence and terrorist activity --
List of figures. Administrative divisions of Germany, 1995 ; The Carolingian Empire divided by the Treaty of Verdun, A.D. 843 ; Germany at the time of the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century ; The German struggle for unification, 1815-71 ; The Weimar Republic, 1918-33 ; Germany, 1949-90 ; Topography and drainage ; Population by age and gender, 1992 ; Structure of the education system, 1994 ; Economic activity, 1995 ; Transportation system, 1995 ; Inland waterways, 1995 ; Structure of the government, 1995 ; Organization of the Ministry of Defense, 1995 ; Officer ranks and insignia, 1995 ; Enlisted ranks and insignia, 1995.
Series Title: DA pam, 550-173.; Area handbook series.
Responsibility: edited by Eric Solsten.
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