Western Integration, German Unification and the Cold War: The Adenauer Era in Perspective

Mar 24, 2006 - Mar 26, 2006

Conference at the Georgetown University (Riggs Library) | Conveners: Jost Dülffer (BMW Center of German and European Studies), Bernd Schäfer (German Historical Institute)

Friday, March 24, 2006

09.30-11:00 am, Panel I

1. Introduction: Konrad Adenauer and the "Potsdam complex" - The fear of an understanding of the Big Four without Germany (Jost Dülffer, Universität zu Köln/Georgetown University)

2. The Soviet Union and the stability of two German states (Wilfried Loth, Universität Duisburg-Essen)

11:15 am - 1:15 pm, Panel II

3. The Western Powers and the limits of their engagement for "reunification" I: The United States (Christian Ostermann, Woodrow Wilson Center)

4. The United Kingdom, Adenauer, and the German Question, 1949-1963 (Henning Hoff, Cambridge)

5. France and the German Dilemma from Schuman to de Gaulle (William Hitchcock, Temple University)

02:30 - 04:00 pm, Panel III

6. The East German Approach to Unification, Relations with WestGermany, and the Soviet Union (Hope Harrison, George Washington University)

7. "Dreigeteilt niemals!" The role of the territories east of the Oder-Neiße (Pertti Ahonen, University of Edinburgh)

04:30 - 06:00 pm, Panel IV

8. "Reunification" and western integration in the opinion polls of the FRG (Anja Kruke, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung)

9. "Wiedervereinigung durch Westintegration"? Ambivalence, Skepticism, and Hostility from Social Democrats (Daniel Rogers, University of South Alabama)

Keynote Speech (Friday Evening)Hans Mommsen (Emeritus - Universität Bochum): The Origins of the ChancellorDemocracy and the Change of the Democratic Paradigm in West Germany.

09:00 - 10.30 am, Panel V

10. The FRG and Western European integration: politics vs. economy? (Guido Thiemeyer, Universität GHS Siegen/Universität GHS Kassel)

11. The Economic Miracle -- Help or Hindrance to German Unification? (William Glenn Gray, Purdue University)

10:45 am - 12:45 pm, Panel VI

12. Rendering a State Visible: State Visits in the Federal Republic of Germany (Simone Derix, Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung)

13. On the road to post-nationalism? Sports competition between the the two Germanies in the era of Adenauer (Martin Geyer, Universität München)

14. Representation without Emulation? West Germany's Cultural Diplomacy and the Search for an Endurable Position after World War Two. (Johannes Paulmann, International University Bremen)

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