Germany and the burden of history -- Germany's post-war development, 1945-89 -- Towards German unity? -- A blockaded system of government? -- The party system and electoral behaviour : the path to stable instability? -- Citizenship and demographics : a country of immigration? -- Economic management : the end of the 'German model'? -- The reform of the welfare state? -- Germany and the European Union : a European Germany or a German Europe? -- Foreign and security policy : a new role for the twenty-first century? -- Conclusion.