TITLE

ADENAUER AT 90

AUTHOR(S)
Kellen, Konrad
PUB. DATE
January 1966
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jan1966, Vol. 44 Issue 2, p275
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines how German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer transformed Germany after World War II. Germany had made some progress since the end of the war four years earlier. Still, the country was destroyed, devastated, crushed in the most comprehensive sense of these words. Its cities were in ruins, its factories a shambles, its transportation network punctured at a thousand vital points, its agriculture in disarray, but all that was just part of it. There was no real administration, no real economy, no real education, no real courts, poor medical facilities, poor housing and few building supplies. Adenauer proceeded in the only way in which anybody could have proceeded in the face of all the devastation around him: as though nothing had happened. He disregarded the German mania to engage in grandiose soul-searching and a quest for an ideological, weltanschaulich guide. Instead, he was a pragmatist, as distinguished from an opportunist, in that his entire effort was devoted to pragmata.
ACCESSION #
5811095

 

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