Rhine Crossings: France and Germany in Love and War

Title

Rhine Crossings: France and Germany in Love and War

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Description

Rhine Crossings explores the conflicts and resolutions that have characterized the relationship between France and Germany over the past two centuries. Despite their varying outlooks on life and style (the French esprit and the German wesen), and despite three bloody wars (the Franco-Prussian and the two world wars), there has always been and still is a vital intellectual, political, and cultural exchange between these former archenemies. The essays in this book detail the admiration and antagonism in French and German attempts to seek each other out while keeping their individual senses of self. Focusing on representative works of literature, film, and philosophy, the contributors identify the problems vexing these countries (war, economic competition) as well as possible solutions (the Maastricht treaty, increasing youth exchange). From the literary salons of the eighteenth century to the trenches of the twentieth, from a love-hate relationship to one of cooperation and peace, this book investigates the unique and volatile dialectic between these two nations and cultures." [From Amazon.com]

ISBN

9780791464380

Publication Date

2005

Publisher

State University of New York Press

City

Albany, NY

Keywords

National characteristics, Foreign relations, France, Germany

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | Cultural History | European History | French and Francophone Language and Literature | German Language and Literature | International Relations