By Carine Germond, Henning Türk
This book surveys Franco-German family from the French Revolution to the Nineties, accumulating the most up-tp-date study from quarter experts.
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22 However, to start German history in the nineteenth century with Napoleon and his impact on Germany only seems to be a chronological narrative. Analytically—and in keeping with the main themes of his master narrative, modernization and nation-building—Nipperdey started diachronically from 1871, the year in which the German Empire or Kaiserreich was founded. He looked back from the end of the century arguing that modernization, which to him and many other historians meant the emergence of the nation-state, was mainly brought to Germany from the outside, from Revolutionary and Napoleonic France.
Conversely, there reigned in Germany a permanent anxiety over possible French aggression. At the same time, the image of a politically progressive France that, in any event, had only fascinated democratic and liberal circles while terrifying conservatives was replaced by that of an unpredictable and dangerous enemy. To sum up, it was in 1871 that the process of the “nationalizing” of enmity begun during the Wars of Liberation sixty years earlier was completed. Thenceforth, the enemy image on both sides became “a constitutive element of the national consciousness .
Jeismann, Vaterland; Gilbert Ziebura, Die deutsch-französischen Beziehungen seit 1945. Mythen und Realitäten (Stuttgart: Neske, 1997), 15–24. 29. Beate Gödde-Baumann, Deutsche Geschichte in französischer Sicht. Die französische Historiographie von 1871–1918 über die Geschichte Deutschlands und die deutschfranzösischen Beziehungen in der Neuzeit (Wiesbaden: Steiner, 1971); Wolfgang Hardtwig, “Von Preußens Aufgabe in Deutschland zu Deutschlands Aufgabe in der Welt. Liberalismus und Borussisches Geschichtsbild zwischen Revolution und Imperialismus,” Historische Zeitschrift 231 (1980): 265–324.
A History of Franco-German Relations in Europe: From "Hereditary Enemies" to Partners by Carine Germond, Henning Türk