Joschka Fischer and the Making of the Berlin Republic: An Alternative History of Postwar Germany
A lively biography of Germany’s street-rebel-turned-statesman Joschka Fischer and gripping, from-below history of postwar Germany. The story begins in the ruins of postwar Germany and guides us through the flashpoints of the late sixties and seventies, from the student protests and the terrorism of the Baader-Meinhof group to the evolution of Europe’s premier Green party, and brings us up to the present in the united Germany.
Paul shows how the grassroots movements that became the German Greens challenged and changed the republic, making postwar Germany more democratic, liberal, and worldly along the way. Despite the ideological twists and turns of Fischer and his peers, the lessons of the Holocaust and the Nazi terror remained their constant coordinates.