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The German Melting-Pot

Multiculturality in Historical Perspective


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

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

  4. A Melting-Pot Under Pressure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Wolfgang Zank
      Pages 106-114
    3. Wolfgang Zank
      Pages 118-119
    4. Wolfgang Zank
      Pages 120-126
    5. Wolfgang Zank
      Pages 127-131
  5. A Meltdown

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185

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

  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityDenmark

About the authors

WOLFGANG ZANK is an Assistant Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. He studied history, sociology and economics at Bochum University 1973-79, and became a research fellow there. From 1984-91 he had various appointments at Danish universities and was a Senior Researcher at Aalborg University prior to becoming an Assistant Professor.

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