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Small Town and Village in Bavaria The Passing of a Way of Life by Peter H. Merkl
  

Small Town and Village in Bavaria The Passing of a Way of Life

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Small Town and Village in Bavaria The Passing of a Way of Life by Peter H. Merkl

At the center of this investigation is the great modernization effort of a West German state, Bavaria, in the 1970s and 1980s, by means of a reform of the smaller units of local government. The reforms were meant to abolish all autonomous local governments serving populations of fewer than 3000, thereby reducing the number of local governments in Bavaria from more than 7,000 to less than 2,000. Based on interviews, surveys, and statistical research, this study chronicles fifteen communities and their challenges, developments, and social changes from post-1945 up to the present.While this book explores the decline of the iconic village community, it also reveals the survival of medieval towns in a contemporary world, and despite the modern desire for comprehensive and well-integrated services, there remains a seemingly perennial appeal of small town and village life.

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-Merkl analyzes in exemplary fashion the conditions, developments, and results of state-imposed modernizations in Central Europe and helps to understand these better.- - German Studies Review Merkl analyzes in exemplary fashion the conditions, developments, and results of state-imposed modernizations in Central Europe and helps to understand these better. - German Studies Review Merkl analyzes in exemplary fashion the conditions, developments, and results of state-imposed modernizations in Central Europe and helps to understand these better.. German Studies Review


About the Author

Peter H. Merkl is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published extensively on comparative and German government and politics, in particular the origin of the West German Republic and a series of five-year volumes on German politics named The Federal Republic of Germany at 40, 45, and 50. (He edited the first three but the series continues).

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Book Info

Publication date

30th April 2012

Author

Peter H. Merkl

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Publisher

Berghahn Books

Format

Hardback
280 pages

Categories

Rural communities
Regional government
European history

ISBN

9780857453471

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