The Paradox of German Power

  • Filename: the-paradox-of-german-power.
  • ISBN: 9780190245504
  • Release Date: 2015-01-14
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Hans Kundnani
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



Since the Euro crisis began, Germany has emerged as Europe's dominant power. During the last three years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been compared with Bismarck and even Hitler in the European media. And yet few can deny that Germany today is very different from the stereotype of nineteenth- and twentieth-century history. After nearly seventy years of struggling with the Nazi past, Germans think that they more than anyone have learned its lessons. Above all, what the new Germany thinks it stands for is peace. Germany is unique in this combination of economic assertiveness and military abstinence. So what does it mean to have a "German Europe" in the twenty-first century? In The Paradox of German Power, Hans Kundnani explains how Germany got to where it is now and where it might go in future. He explores German national identity and foreign policy through a series of tensions in German thinking and action: between continuity and change, between "normality" and "abnormality," between economics and politics, and between Europe and the world.

The Paradox of German Power

  • Filename: the-paradox-of-german-power.
  • ISBN: 9780190245528
  • Release Date: 2014-12-15
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Hans Kundnani
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



Since the Euro crisis began, Germany has emerged as Europe's dominant power. During the last three years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been compared with Bismarck and even Hitler in the European media. And yet few can deny that Germany today is very different from the stereotype of nineteenth- and twentieth-century history. After nearly seventy years of struggling with the Nazi past, Germans think that they more than anyone have learned its lessons. Above all, what the new Germany thinks it stands for is peace. Germany is unique in this combination of economic assertiveness and military abstinence. So what does it mean to have a "German Europe" in the twenty-first century? In The Paradox of German Power, Hans Kundnani explains how Germany got to where it is now and where it might go in future. He explores German national identity and foreign policy through a series of tensions in German thinking and action: between continuity and change, between "normality" and "abnormality," between economics and politics, and between Europe and the world.

Germany Russia and the Rise of Geo Economics

  • Filename: germany-russia-and-the-rise-of-geo-economics.
  • ISBN: 9781472596338
  • Release Date: 2014-12-18
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Stephen F. Szabo
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



Having emerged from the end of the Cold War as a unified country, Germany has quickly become the second largest exporter in the world. Its economic might has made it the center of the Eurozone and the pivotal power of Europe. Like other geo-economic powers, Germany's foreign policy is characterized by a definition of the national interest in economic terms and the elevation of economic interests over non-economic values such as human rights or democracy promotion. This strategic paradigm is evident in German's relationship with China, the Gulf States and Europe, but it is most important in regard to its evolving policies towards Russia. In this book, Stephen F. Szabo provides a description and analysis of German policy towards Russia, revealing how unified Germany is finding its global role in which its interests do not always coincide with the United States or its European partners. He explores the role of German business and finance in the shaping of foreign policy and investigates how Germany's Russia policy effects its broader foreign policy in the region and at how it is perceived by key outside players such as the United States, Poland and the EU. With reference to public, opinion, the media and think tanks Szabo reveals how Germans perceive Russians, and he uncovers the ways in which its dealings with Russia affect Germany in terms of the importing of corruption and crime. Drawing on interviews with key opinion-shapers, business and financial players and policy makers and on a wide variety of public opinion surveys, media reports and archival sources, his will be a key resource for all those wishing to understand the new geo-economic balance of Europe.

Becoming Old Stock

  • Filename: becoming-old-stock.
  • ISBN: 0691050155
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 383
  • Author: Russell Andrew Kazal
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press



"Using quantitative methods, oral history, and a cultural analysis of written sources, the book explores how, by the 1920s, many middle-class and Lutheran residents had redefined themselves in "old-stock" terms - as "American" in opposition to southeastern European "new immigrants." It also examines working-class and Catholic Germans, who came to share a common identity with other European immigrants, but not with newly arrived black Southerners."

The Chimp Paradox

  • Filename: the-chimp-paradox.
  • ISBN: 9781101610626
  • Release Date: 2013-05-30
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Steve Peters
  • Publisher: Penguin



Your inner Chimp can be your best friend or your worst enemy...this is the Chimp Paradox Do you sabotage your own happiness and success? Are you struggling to make sense of yourself? Do your emotions sometimes dictate your life? Dr. Steve Peters explains that we all have a being within our minds that can wreak havoc on every aspect of our lives—be it business or personal. He calls this being "the chimp," and it can work either for you or against you. The challenge comes when we try to tame the chimp, and persuade it to do our bidding. The Chimp Paradox contains an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you be happier and healthier, increase your confidence, and become a more successful person. This book will help you to: —Recognize how your mind is working —Understand and manage your emotions and thoughts —Manage yourself and become the person you would like to be Dr. Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows you how to apply this understanding. Once you're armed with this new knowledge, you will be able to utilize your chimp for good, rather than letting your chimp run rampant with its own agenda.

Reluctant Meister

  • Filename: reluctant-meister.
  • ISBN: 190832368X
  • Release Date: 2014-10-15
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Stephen Green
  • Publisher: Haus Pub



The Euro crisis has served as a stark reminder of the fundamental importance of Germany to the larger European project. But the image of Germany as the dominant power in Europe is at odds with much of its recent history. Reluctant Meister is a wide-ranging study of Germany from the Holy Roman Empire through the Second and Third Reichs, and asks not only how such a mature and developed culture could have descended into the barbarism of Nazism but how it then rebuilt itself within a generation to become an economic powerhouse. Perhaps most important, Stephen Green examines to what extent Germany will come to dominate its relationship with its neighbors in the European Union, and what that will mean.

The Paradox of American Power

  • Filename: the-paradox-of-american-power.
  • ISBN: 0198034369
  • Release Date: 2002-03-07
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Joseph S. Nye Jr.
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



Not since the Roman Empire has any nation had as much economic, cultural, and military power as the United States does today. Yet, as has become all too evident through the terrorist attacks of September 11th and the impending threat of the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran, that power is not enough to solve global problems--like terrorism, environmental degradation, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction--without involving other nations. Here Joseph S. Nye, Jr. focuses on the rise of these and other new challenges and explains clearly why America must adopt a more cooperative engagement with the rest of the world.

The People s State

  • Filename: the-people-s-state.
  • ISBN: 0300108842
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 350
  • Author: Mary Fulbrook
  • Publisher: Yale University Press



An insight into the experience of life within the East German dictatorship

Utopia Or Auschwitz

  • Filename: utopia-or-auschwitz.
  • ISBN: 0231701373
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 374
  • Author: Hans Kundnani
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press



the 1968 generation had a deeply ambivalent relationship with their Nazi past. Utopia or Auschwitz explores these contradictions as it traces the political journey of Germany's 1968 generation through the left wing terrorism of the 1970s and the Social Democrats and Greens of the 1980s to the first ever "red green" government in Germany in the 1990s. Hans Kundnani examines the foreign policy of this new coalition government, especially its responses to the Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq crises, which reflect the 1968 generation's ambivalent relationship with its Nazi heritage." --Book Jacket.

Lucid Dreaming

  • Filename: lucid-dreaming.
  • ISBN: 0415112397
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Number of pages: 186
  • Author: Celia Elizabeth Green
  • Publisher: Psychology Press



Lucid dreams are dreams in which a person becomes aware that they are dreaming. They are different from ordinary dreams, not just because of the dreamer's awareness that they are dreaming, but because lucid dreams are often strikingly realistic and may be emotionally charged to the point of elation. Celia Green and Charles McCreery have written a unique introduction to lucid dreams that will appeal to the specialist and general reader alike. The authors explore the experience of lucid dreaming, relate it to other experiences such as out-of-the-body experiences (to which they see it as closely related) and apparitions, and look at how lucid dreams can be induced and controlled. They explore their use for therapeutic purposes such as counteracting nightmares. Their study is illustrated throughout with many case histories.

The Paradox of Love

  • Filename: the-paradox-of-love.
  • ISBN: 9780691149141
  • Release Date: 2012-01
  • Number of pages: 266
  • Author: Pascal Bruckner
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press



Drawing on history, politics, psychology and pop culture, the author traces the roots of sexual liberation to explain love's supreme paradox, and concludes that love's messiness, surprises and paradoxes are not merely the sources of its pain--but also of its pleasure.

Privacy and Power

  • Filename: privacy-and-power.
  • ISBN: 9781107154049
  • Release Date: 2017-02-23
  • Number of pages: 805
  • Author: Russell A. Miller
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



This book documents and explains the differences in the ways Americans and Europeans approach the issues of privacy and intelligence gathering.

The Paradox of Choice

  • Filename: the-paradox-of-choice.
  • ISBN: 0061748994
  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Barry Schwartz
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



Whether we're buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions—both big and small—have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented. As Americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures. In the long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. And, in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression. In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains at what point choice—the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish—becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice—from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs—has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution. Schwartz also shows how our obsession with choice encourages us to seek that which makes us feel worse. By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counter intuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on those that are important and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.

The Power Paradox

  • Filename: the-power-paradox.
  • ISBN: 9780698195592
  • Release Date: 2016-05-17
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Dacher Keltner
  • Publisher: Penguin



A revolutionary and timely reconsideration of everything we know about power. Celebrated UC Berkeley psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others and the result is power as a force for good in the world. Power is ubiquitous—but totally misunderstood. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, Dr. Dacher Keltner presents the very idea of power in a whole new light, demonstrating not just how it is a force for good in the world, but how—via compassion and selflessness—it is attainable for each and every one of us. It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But how do we get power? And how does it change our behavior? So often, in spite of our best intentions, we lose our hard-won power. Enduring power comes from empathy and giving. Above all, power is given to us by other people. This is what we all too often forget, and it is the crux of the power paradox: by misunderstanding the behaviors that helped us to gain power in the first place we set ourselves up to fall from power. We abuse and lose our power, at work, in our family life, with our friends, because we've never understood it correctly—until now. Power isn't the capacity to act in cruel and uncaring ways; it is the ability to do good for others, expressed in daily life, and in and of itself a good thing. Dr. Keltner lays out exactly—in twenty original "Power Principles"—how to retain power; why power can be a demonstrably good thing; when we are likely to abuse power; and the terrible consequences of letting those around us languish in powerlessness.

The Seven Secrets of Germany

  • Filename: the-seven-secrets-of-germany.
  • ISBN: 9780190258696
  • Release Date: 2016
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: David B. Audretsch
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



Europe and much of the developed world have been bogged down by stagnant economic growth and alarmingly high rates of unemployment. But not Germany. This book reveals seven key aspects of the German economy and society that have provided considerable buoyance in an era of global turbulence.

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