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German Politics and Society

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German Politics and Society is a joint publication of the BMW Center for German and European Studies (of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). These centers are represented by their directors on the journal's Editorial Committee.

German Politics and Society is a peer-reviewed journal published and distributed by Berghahn Journals. It is the only American publication that explores issues in modern Germany from the combined perspectives of the social sciences, history, and cultural studies.

The journal provides a forum for critical analysis and debate about politics, history, film, literature, visual arts, and popular culture in contemporary Germany. Every issue includes contributions by renowned scholars commenting on recent books about Germany.

German Politics and Society is now available on JSTOR!

Subjects: German Studies, Politics, Sociology, History, Economics, Cultural Studies


Current Issue

Volume 34, Issue 1, Spring 2016



The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: Angela Merkel, the Grand Coalition, and “Majority Rule” in Germany
Joyce Marie Mushaben

Bureaucratic Politics and the German Decision to Bailout Greece in 2010
Luke B. Wood

Voluntary Withdrawals, Forced Resignations, Collective Retirements or Just Bad Fortune? A Competing Risks Analysis of Ministerial Turnover in the German Länder (1990-2010)
Sebastian Jäckle


Arendt’s Radical Good and the Banality of Evil: Echoes of Scholem and Jaspers in Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt
Babette Babich

Review Essay

A Return to Fashion: Revisiting the German Model
Gregory Baldi

Book Reviews

Mike Dennis and Norman LaPorte, State and Minorities in Communist East Germany 
Reviewed by Catherine Plum

Florian Illies, 1913. Der Sommer des Jahrhunderts
Reviewed by Klaus Berghahn

Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life 
Reviewed by Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker

Helmut Schmitz and Annette Seidel-Arpacı, ed., Narratives of Trauma: Discourses of German Wartime Suffering in National and International Perspective 
Reviewed by David Freis

Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos, Becoming Multicultural: Immigration and the Politics of Membership in Canada and Germany
Reviewed by Matthew Eckel

Frank Trommler. Kulturmacht ohne Kompass – Deutsche auswärtige Kulturbeziehungen im 20. Jahrhundert 
Reviewed by Malte Pehl

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