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Cultures of Order

Leadership, Language, and Social Reconstruction in Germany and Japan

Katja Weber, Paul A. Kowert

Publication Year: 2007

Published by: State University of New York Press


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

Over the several years we spent writing this book, we benefited enormously from the critical advice and support of many colleagues and friends. Our greatest debt is to Nicholas Onuf, whose work is a starting point for our own and who offered splendid, perceptive critiques of each chapter as well as intellectual and moral support throughout. ...


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p. xi

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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pp. 1-20

Leadership is again in vogue. In part, and especially when viewed from the perspective of contemporary American politics, this phenomenon owes much to the facile equation of national leaders with their states, and states with moral purpose. Because powerful individuals can do evil things, it has seemed like a relatively short ...

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Chapter 2: Language and the Problem of Order

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pp. 21-42

Policy makers faced in 1945 a problem of the same type that they face today.1 At the end of an era of sweeping global conflict, and confronting an entirely new set of challenges, how could they craft a stable and secure international order? What rules of conduct would they seek to establish? And what rules of thumb would they embrace ...

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Chapter 3: The Westpolitik Debate

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pp. 43-66

The front lines of the Cold War divided many peoples, not only Germans, but also Angolans, Vietnamese, Koreans, Chinese, and Cubans, among others. One might look at this history of partition and struggle as a story of powerlessness, lamentable but unavoidable in the face of bipolar political pressures. In many such cases, and ...

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Chapter 4: The Ostpolitik Debate

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pp. 67-90

The early postwar era saw the Federal Republic of Germany align itself decisively with the West, actively supporting collective security arrangements to oppose the extension of Soviet influence. At the same time, it embraced plans to lay the foundations for European integration. In the East, meanwhile, the Berlin airlift gave way ...

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Chapter 5; The Deutschlandpolitik Debate

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pp. 91-110

Despite the best efforts of the postwar generation of German politicians, Germany seemed further from unification in 1980 than in 1950. After Willy Brandt left office in 1974, the new German chancellor Helmut Schmidt continued to work to promote dialogue between the East and West. The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ...

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Chapter 6: Japan and the Problem of Order

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pp. 111-136

Postwar Japan occupied a fundamentally different position with respect to the rest of East Asia than did postwar Germany within Europe. Whereas Germany was physically divided among several occupying powers, the United States called the shots in Japan. The Far Eastern Commission, though technically charged with ...

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Chapter 7: Conclusion

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pp. 137-156

It is the fashion of tough-minded realists, and of many social scientists, to dismiss philosophical disputes over the requirements of political order and to place emphasis, instead, on power and political interests. Certainly, there can be no doubt that power and interests were at stake in German debates over unification ...


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pp. 157-182


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pp. 183-198


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pp. 199-205

E-ISBN-13: 9780791479483
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791472118

Page Count: 217
Publication Year: 2007

OCLC Number: 192020966
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  • Political leadership -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
  • Political leadership -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
  • International relations.
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