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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 guidelines pursued.
  • German Federal Republic was once West ecu lynchpin in the course of chilly conflict - this e-book explains why and the way.
  • Adenauer's achievements live to tell the tale at the present time - eu Union, German democracy.
referred to as the daddy of the recent Germany, Konrad Adenauer used to be one of many vast 3 leaders who helped rebuild Europe from the ruins of the second one global struggle. Ronald Irving reports Adenauer's checklist in place of work 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 most recent providing within the Profiles in Power sequence examines how Adenauer united Catholics and Conservatives for the 1st time less than the liberal democratic banner, and built-in West German society into liberal democratic values underpinned via the social marketplace financial system. It additionally explores how Adenauer additionally performed a necessary position in making sure that the conventional enemies, France and Germany, got here jointly in co-operation and partnership within the new eu monetary neighborhood.

Ronald Irving is on the collage of Edinburgh.

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24 There had been a University in Cologne between 1388 and 1798. Indeed Cologne University was one of the four oldest in the Holy Roman Empire, but, when the French occupied the Rhineland in 1794, they closed the universities of Bonn, Trier, Mainz and Cologne. After the Treaty of Vienna (1815), only Bonn was reopened by the Prussian Government. Adenauer had shown an interest in reviving Cologne University before the First World War, and in January 1919 he went to Berlin to persuade the Prussian Government that a university should be reestablished in his native city.

Moreover, he claimed that such an offer would be rejected by the Allies and would not lead to their ameliorating the terms of the Treaty. qxd 5/3/02 14:36 Page 27 MAYOR OF COLOGNE IN WAR AND PEACE Brockdorff-Rantzau, however, did pay a visit to Cologne on 7 June, the day after he had met the Rhineland delegation in Paris, to try to sound out local opinion. e. 20 Nevertheless, at that very time, the separation of the Rhineland from Germany became, albeit briefly, a real possibility. For on 2 June 1919 Dr Dorten and the separatists, with the support of General Mangin, the commanding officer in the French occupation zone, announced in Wiesbaden that a separate ‘Rhineland Republic’ was now in existence.

Adenauer had shown an interest in reviving Cologne University before the First World War, and in January 1919 he went to Berlin to persuade the Prussian Government that a university should be reestablished in his native city. He used two arguments. Firstly, with Strasbourg University now in France, it was essential to have another university as well as Bonn in the western part of Germany; and secondly, with so much of the Rhineland in foreign hands, it was vital for Cologne to have a university to uphold German cultural values.

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