Part of the New Perspectives in German Studies book series (NPG)


In 1990, the future of Europe’s international politics hinged on two questions. One was how unification would affect the conduct of German foreign policy. The other was whether, and how, those institutions that had given security and prosperity to Western Europe during the Cold War would now do the same for the entire continent. The intersection of these questions is the topic of this book. It asks, quite plainly, what made Germany’s policies towards its immediate eastern neighbours tick. It answers that German policies were driven by the motivations, and the inhibitions, of a Civilian Power.


Foreign Policy Federal Republic International Politics East Central German Unification 
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    Rainer Zitelman, Karlheinz Weißmann and Peter Großheim (eds), Westbindung. Risiken und Chancen fur Deutschland (Berlin: Propyläen, 1993) for those who hoped; and Georges Valance, France-Allemagne. Le retour de Bismarck (Paris: Flammarion, 1990) for those who feared. In a more moderate manner see Arnulf Baring, Deutschland, was nun? (Berlin: Siedler, 1991) and Gregor Schollgen, Angst vor der Macht. Die Deutschen und ihreAußenpolitik (Berlin: Ullstein, 1993) for the hopers, and Andrei Markovits and Simon Reich, ‘Should Europe fear the Germans?’, German Politics and Society, 23 (1991) for those who expressed concern.Google Scholar
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    The original article was Hanns W. Maull, ‘Germany and Japan: the new Civilian Powers’, Foreign Affairs, 69/5 (1990); see also Hanns W. Maull, ‘Zivilmacht Bundesrepublik Deutschland’, Europa-Archiv, 10 (1992); Hanns W. Maull, ‘Zivilmacht: Die Konzeption und ihre sicherheitspolitische Relevanz’, in W. Heydrich et al. (eds), Sicherheitspolitik Deutschlands: Neue Konstellationen, Risiken, Instrumente (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 1993); Hanns W. Maull, ‘Civilian Power: the concept and its relevance for security issues’, in Lidija Babic and Bo Huldt (eds), Mapping the Unknown: Towards a New World Order (Stockholm: Swedish Institute for International Affairs, 1993); Hanns W. Maull and Knut Kirste, ‘Zivilmacht und Rollentheorie’, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, 3/2 (1996).Google Scholar

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© Henning Tewes 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Konrad-Adenauer FoundationWarsawPoland

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