Since World War II, Germany has confronted its own history to earn acceptance in the family of nations. Lily Gardner Feldman draws on the literature of religion, philosophy, social psychology, law and political science, and history to understand Germany's foreign policy with its moral and pragmatic motivations and to develop the concept of international reconciliation. Germany's Foreign Policy of Reconciliation traces Germany's path from enmity to amity by focusing on the behavior of individual leaders, governments, and non-governmental actors. The book demonstrates that, at least in the cases of France, Israel, Poland, and Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic, Germany has gone far beyond banishing war with its former enemies; it has institutionalized active friendship. The German experience is now a model of its own, offering lessons for other cases of international reconciliation. Gardner Feldman concludes with an initial application of German reconciliation insights to the other principal post-World War II pariah, as Japan expands its relations with China and South Korea.
Lily Gardner Feldman is Harry & Helen Gray Senior Fellow in Residence and director of the Society, Culture, and Politics Program at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Chapter 1: The Narrowness and Breadth of Reconciliation in the International Arena Chapter 2: Responsibility and Realism: The Contours of German Foreign Policy as Context for External Reconciliation Chapter 3: Germany's Relations with France: From Enmity to Amity Chapter 4: Germany's Relations with Israel: From Abyss to Miracle Chapter 5: Germany's Relations with Poland: From Community of Disputes to Close Partnership Chapter 6: Germany's Relations with the Czech Republic: From Community of Conflict to Predictable Friendship Chapter 7: Comparison and Prescription Appendix: Comparative Timeline of Germany's Reconciliation with France, Israel, Poland, and Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic, 1945-2009 Selected Bibliography Interviews