Germany and the middle east
יצא לאור ע"י הוצאת מאגנס, בשנת 2003, מכיל 350 עמודים,
שפת הספר: אנגלית
The exploration of different aspects of Germany's deep - rooted, long - standing, and very complex relations and connections with the Middle East in the modern era was the theme of an international conference on "Germany and the Middle East: Past, Present, and Future", conducted in Jerusalem under the auspices of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Jerusalem office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The papers presented dealt with a vast diversity of topics touching upon the connections between Germany and the Middle East, or various parts and countries of that region, during the last two centuries, a time - span that begins with Napoleon's invasion of the region in 1798 and ends in the present. Thus, "Germany" includes - according to the period under discussion - Prussia, Warttemberg and Bavaria, the second and third Reichs, the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republik (GDR), and of course today's reunited Germany. Naturally, the book's seventeen papers cannot present a systematic picture of the development of Germany's relations with the different countries in the Middle East; neither were they intended to provide a methodological state - of - the - art summary. Rather, they present detailed and profound researches into various aspects, periods, and phenomena related to a certain "space" within a specific "time." They include purely historical studies as well as interdisciplinary works which also combine the fields of geography, historical - geography, politics, geo - politics, technology, and economics. One of the main concepts that runs throughout the volume is that knowledge of this recent past is crucial for an understanding of past and present trends in Germany's perception of the Middle East. Moreover, Germany - today undoubtedly a leading force in the European Union and a spearhead of the world economy - plays a primary role in the region. The facts, processes, and conceptions revealed in the papers are also necessary to gain an understanding and evaluation of any future German involvement in the Middle East.