Joschka Fischer and the Making of the Berlin Republic An Alternative History of Postwar Germany
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Description: Throughout his long and controversial career in German politics, Joschka Fischer gained a reputation as an astute and visionary politician. In the 1980s he was one of the first Green Party members elected to parliament. He went on to become Germany's foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998 to 2005. And his famous challenge to Donald Rumsfeld's case for invading Iraq--"Excuse me, I am not convinced"--gained him worldwide recognition. Here is both a lively biography of Joschka Fischer and an insightful alternative history of postwar Germany. Focusing on Fischer and the postwar generations, Paul Hockenos guides us through the flashpoints of the late sixties and seventies, from the student protests and the terrorism of the Baader-Meinhof group to the evolution of Europe's premier Green party, and brings us up to the present. He shows how the amalgam of grassroots movements that became the German Greens challenged and changed the republic's status quo, making postwar Germany's political culture more democratic, liberal and worldly along the way. Despite the ideological twists and turns of Fischer and his peers, the lessons of the Holocaust and World War II remained their constant coordinate. Hockenos traces that political journey, providing readers with an in-depth understanding of what was at stake historically for the Greens and how the impact they've had on German society continues to be relevant--and not only for Germany. Informed by hundreds of interviews with key figures and fellow travelers, as well as with Fischer himself, Hockenos presents his readers with one of the most intriguing personalities on the European scene, and paints a rich and fascinating picture of the rebellious generation of 1968 that evolved into the political elite of modern Germany.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/21/2007
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
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