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By Ronald Irving

Anti-nazi, anti-communist, and catholic, Konrad Adenauer dragged defeated Germany from post-war destruction to prosperity in a single generation.

  • Concise portrait of a rare statesman - explores Adenauer's own impression in regulations pursued.
  • German Federal Republic was once West eu lynchpin in the course of chilly struggle - this e-book explains why and the way.
  • Adenauer's achievements live to tell the tale this present day - ecu Union, German democracy.
often called the daddy of the recent Germany, Konrad Adenauer used to be one of many substantial 3 leaders who helped rebuild Europe from the ruins of the second one international conflict. Ronald Irving stories Adenauer's checklist in workplace from Mayor of Cologne in pre-Nazi Germany to his post-war emergence as chief of the Christian Democratic Union and his election to the Chancellorship in 1949. This newest supplying within the Profiles in Power sequence examines how Adenauer united Catholics and Conservatives for the 1st time below the liberal democratic banner, and built-in West German society into liberal democratic values underpinned by means of the social industry economic climate. It additionally explores how Adenauer additionally performed a necessary function in making sure that the conventional enemies, France and Germany, got here jointly in co-operation and partnership within the new ecu monetary neighborhood.

Ronald Irving is on the college of Edinburgh.

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5 See below, chapter 3, pp. 60–8. 6 U. Frank-Planitz, Konrad Adenauer. 11. 7 Weymar, 1957, p. 18. 8 Poppinga, 1970, p. 13 (and many other pages), where she emphasizes Adenauer’s frequently expressed affection for his Fatherland, not least in his farewell speech to the Bundestag as Chancellor on 15 October 1963. 9 On Adenauer’s foreign policy, see below, chapter 4. 10 Schwarz, 1995, p. 57. 11 Koch, 1985, p. 22. 12 Poppinga, 1970, p. 190. 13 Poppinga, 1970, p. 247. 14 On Cologne in the First World War, including Adenauer’s Mayorship from October 1917, see below, chapter 2, pp.

At midday he returned for lunch, and afterwards had a half-hour siesta – often in the garden, and woe betide any child who disturbed his sleep. 30 pm. Despite this highly disciplined life, the Adenauers were a happy family. In particular, they remembered with great fondness their annual holidays in the Black Forest or at Chandolin in Switzerland, where Adenauer was at his most relaxed organizing daily walks and picnics. The Rhineland problem One of the first major post-war problems with which Adenauer had to deal arose directly out of France’s policy towards Germany.

However, the constitution of Germany had still not been drawn up. Nor had the future of Europe been decided. qxd 5/3/02 14:36 Page 24 ADENAUER lay down its terms at Versailles. Germany would not be involved in negotiating the Treaty: she would simply be told what its terms were, and, if not acceptable, hostilities would be resumed (or at least that was the implied threat). With the terms of the Treaty of Versailles unclear during the first six months of 1919, and the new German constitution undecided (it was being drafted at Weimar between February 1919 and May 1920), there was plenty of room for speculation about the future of Germany, even if it was accepted that the Allies could dictate Europe’s international frontiers.

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