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Between sovereignty and integration : German foreign policy and national identity after 1989
Bach, Jonathan P. G.
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Münster, Germany : Lit Verlag ; New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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226 p. ; 22 cm.
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"A publication of the Center on Transatlantic Foreign and Security Policy Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Political Science"--P. preceding t.p.


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'Another island in the Great Ocean has many sinful and malevolent women, who have precious gems in their eyes.'

In his Book of Marvels and Travels, Sir John Mandeville describes a journey from Europe to Jerusalem and on into Asia, and the many wonderful and monstrous peoples and practices in the East. He tells us about the Sultan in Cairo, the Great Khan in China, and the mythical Christian prince Prester

John. There are giants and pygmies, cannibals and Amazons, headless humans and people with a single foot so huge it can shield them from the sun . Forceful and opinionated, the narrator is by turns bossy, learned, playful, and moralizing, with an endless curiosity about different cultures.

Written in the fourteenth century, the Book is a captivating blend of fact and fantasy, an extraordinary travel narrative that offers some revealing and unexpected attitudes towards other races and religions. It was immensely popular, and numbered among its readers Chaucer, Columbus,and Thomas

More. Anthony Bale's new translation emphasizes the book's readability, and his introduction and notes bring us closer to Mandeville's medieval worldview.

Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgementsp. 5
Table of Contentsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
1. The Eternal Returnp. 13
United Germany: West Germany Writ Large?
Origins and Original Sins: The Geopolitical Trap
1989: A New Zero Hour?
2. Of Narratives and Nations: The Challenge of Discursive Disorderp. 43
A Brief Excursus on Narrative and Discourse
National Identity, Sovereignty, and Foreign Policy
3. The Narrative of Normalcy: Germany as a Great Powerp. 64
Classical Realism Revisited
Defining the Normal State
Strains of Carl Schmitt
Romantics in Disguise?
4. The Liberal Narrativep. 93
Foundations of the Liberal Narrative
Beyond Foreign Policy: The Societal World and Weltinnenpolitik
5. The Out-of-Area Debatep. 119
The End of Consensus
The Path to Resolution
Discourses in Action: Responsibility and Normalcy in the Government Narrative
6. The Bundestag Debate on Deploying Troops to the Former Yugoslavia: A Discursive Analysisp. 147
Prevailing and Counter Discourses
Discursive Struggles: Who is Moral? Who Speaks for Peace?
Linguistic Dominance in the Dayton Debates
7. Situating Germanyp. 176
Germany's "Postmodern" Predicament
Assessing the Foreign Policy Discourses: Synthesis or Historic Bloc?
Situating Germany in a Post-Wall Cartography
Epilogue: From the Geopolitical Trap to Todorov's Paradox Revisitedp. 199
Referencesp. 203
Indexp. 223