The German Melting-Pot

Multiculturality in Historical Perspective

  • Wolfgang Zank

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 1-35
  3. The Genesis of a Melting-Pot

  4. A Melting-Pot Under Pressure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
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      Pages 106-114
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      Pages 118-119
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      Pages 120-126
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  5. A Meltdown

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
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      Pages 143-162
  6. A Melting-Pot Modernized

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
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      Pages 187-220
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      Pages 243-247
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 248-301

About this book


From medieval times until today Germany has been a cocktail of very different peoples and cultural groups. The components of the 'cocktail' have changed, but not Germany's character as such. The many cultural divides have often led to conflict, once even to genocide, but surprisingly often cooperation, or at least peaceful coexistence, has been the characteristic feature. Against the background of a graphic historical survey the author analyzes the factors which have made cooperation possible, or conversely, have produced conflicts.


conflict desegregation empire enlightenment federalism Kaiserreich nation reformation World War II

Authors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Zank
    • 1
  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-40258-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-37520-8
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