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 unprecedented statesman - explores Adenauer's own effect in rules pursued.
- German Federal Republic used to be West ecu lynchpin in the course of chilly warfare - this ebook explains why and the way.
- Adenauer's achievements continue to exist this present day - eu Union, German democracy.
Ronald Irving is on the college of Edinburgh.
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Qxd 5/3/02 14:36 Page 23 MAYOR OF COLOGNE IN WAR AND PEACE the children) he walked his dog for a quarter of an hour. 45 his chauffeur arrived to take him to the office. At midday he returned for lunch, and afterwards had a half-hour siesta – often in the garden, and woe betide any child who disturbed his sleep. 30 pm. Despite this highly disciplined life, the Adenauers were a happy family. In particular, they remembered with great fondness their annual holidays in the Black Forest or at Chandolin in Switzerland, where Adenauer was at his most relaxed organizing daily walks and picnics.
The third was to try to achieve the long-term security of France. This third objective was where the Rhineland came into the equation. 13 But the idea, imprecisely defined, of a neutral – in practice Francophile – Rhineland buffer state was perhaps feasible. 14 In late 1918–early 1919 the political situation in Germany was as confused as the situation in Europe as a whole. Some things were, however, clear: Germany had lost the war, the Kaiser had fled to Holland, and Germany had become a Republic.
Although this was not a serious option, as the British and Americans were against it on the grounds that it would upset the balance of power in Europe even more than Germany’s annexation of Alsace and Lorraine had in the previous fifty years, it was an option which had been canvassed by the French Prime Minister Clemenceau. A second, much more serious, proposal was that a buffer state, a ‘Rhineland Republic’, should be created. This proposal was endorsed by a number of journalists on the Kölnische Zeitung, by the Rhineland separatists led by Dr Josef Dorten and by General Mangin, the Commanding Officer in the French zone of occupation who was an enthusiastic protagonist of the ‘Rhineland Republic’, which the French presumed would be a satellite state.
Adenauer by Ronald Irving