Overcoming Historic Enmity:
Celebrating a Half Century of Franco-German Friendship
EVENT DESCRIPTION: For centuries, France and Germany were rivals, adversaries, even “hereditary enemies." Their relationship went through its most tragic period during the two world wars, particularly with the crimes committed by the Nazi dictatorship. We must be aware of this historical dimension in order to get an idea of the courage and audacity shown by Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle fifty years ago in signing the Elysée-Treaty on 22 January 1963. The content of the treaty is almost revolutionary: in it, Germany and France commit themselves to nothing less than setting aside century-old enmity to make way for a profound friendship. This lecture discusses the historical foundations upon which the contemporary Franco-German friendship is based. From the concept of a “hereditary enmity” beginning with the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 to the present. This lecture will analyze aspects such as France, Germany and the Great War, The Briand-Stresemann Era, Franco-German collaboration and German occupation during WWII as well as the first steps toward a Franco-German rapprochement following the end of WWII. With the signing of the Elysée–Treaty, de Gaulle and Adenauer laid the foundations for a close cooperation and synergism between their countries which is uncommon in the world and is best exemplified in their roles as the motors of the European Union. Fifty years on, the Elysée–Treaty’s message of reconciliation is still relevant and can serve as a role model for other countries that have not yet fully resolved their conflicts.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Claudia Dunlea is Visiting Instructor of History at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). She received her doctorate in European Integration History from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 2003. Dr. Dunlea is the author of a book that investigates the origins of a supranational European foreign policy in the 1950s. Her recent research on the diplomatic relations of the European Union was published in two articles.
||1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
||Thursday, December 19, 2013
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
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