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Germany and the Middle East: From Kaiser Wilhelm II to Angela Merkel

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Germany and the Middle East

From Kaiser Wilhelm II to Angela Merkel

Rolf Steininger

168 pages, 44 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-038-6 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (December 2018)

eISBN 978-1-78920-039-3 eBook Not Yet Published

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For over a century, the Middle East has weathered seemingly endless conflicts, ensnaring political players from around the world. And perhaps no nation has displayed a greater range of policies toward, and experiences in, the region than Germany, as this short and accessible volume demonstrates. Beginning with Kaiser Wilhelm’s intermittent support for Zionism, it follows the course of German-Mideast relations through two world wars and the rise of Adolf Hitler. As Steininger shows, the crimes of the Third Reich have inevitably shaped postwar German Mideast policy, with Germany emerging as one of Israel’s staunchest supporters while continuing to navigate the region’s complex international, religious, and energy politics.

Rolf Steininger teaches history at the University of Innsbruck. His recent books include Die USA und Europa nach 1945 in 38 Kapiteln (2018) and Der Kalte Krieg: Die neue Geschichte (2016).

Subject: 20th Century History
Area: Germany Middle East & Israel


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Introduction to the English Edition

Chapter 1. Before World War I, 1898–1914
Chapter 2. During World War I
Chapter 3. Weimar and the Third Reich, 1918–1939
Chapter 4. During World War II
Chapter 5. From the Founding of the Federal Republic to the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations With Israel, 1949–1965
Chapter 6. From the Six-Day War to Reunification, 1967–1990
Chapter 7. From Reunification to the Present


Epilogue to the English Edition

I: Chronology
II: Bibliography
III: Index of Persons
IV: Photo Credits

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