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German Federalism: Past, Present, Future (New Perspectives in German Political Studies)

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This book explores the German idea of federalism denoting 'diversity withinunity'. Historians, linguists and political scientists examine how federalism emerged in the Holy Roman Empire, was re-shaped by 19th Century cultural movements, and was adopted by the unified state in 1871 and again after 1945. The myth of federalism as a safeguard against totalitarianism is tested
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published May 17th 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published January 1st 2002)
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Stephen Graham
Interesting history always inspires me to read more on the same topic. The challenge here is that much of the work cited is in German. My German just isn't up to reading academic history for more than a sentence or two. Most of the essays in this collection were strong and on-topic. Whaley's essay on federalism in the Holy Roman Empire suffered somewhat by being more historiographical critique than its own thing. Durrell's essay on regional dialects and the construction of Hochdeutsch was very i ...more
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