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The Paradox of German Power$
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Hans Kundnani

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190245504

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245504.001.0001

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Conclusion Geo-Economic Semi-Hegemony

Conclusion Geo-Economic Semi-Hegemony

(p.106) (p.107) Conclusion Geo-Economic Semi-Hegemony
The Paradox of German Power

Hans Kundnani

Oxford University Press

This chapter concludes that the “German question” has re-emerged now in a new form and has been resolved. The question is defined by a complex interaction between structural and ideological factors. Germany is economically influential but not powerful enough to challenge other countries in Europe making it have only a “semi-hegemony” in a geo-economic form. The question has been resolved by the integration of the Federal Republic into the West Germany through NATO and the EU. However, a new form of German nationalism has emerged based on exports and the idea of peace and a renewed sense of the “German mission”—the idea expressed in Emmanuel Geibel's 1861 poem that “the essence of the German nation will one day be the world's salvation.”

Keywords:   Emmanuel Geibel, Europe, German mission, German question, semi-hegemony

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