20 May 2006

On the rationale behind German studies at British universities

"The culture of the German-speaking countries is exceptionally rich and vibrant. German-speaking writers, thinkers and artists have long been and continue to be at the forefront of intellectual life." (Oxford University's perspective)
"Speakers of German are the largest linguistic group in the European Union and have played a central role in European history and culture for nearly two thousand years. Germany's geographical position has made it a natural mediator between east and west, north and south, and in the periods of Reformation, Romanticism and Modernism, German literature, art and music have seen the birth of movements which continue to shape the intellectual world we live in today. " (Cambridge University's perspective)
"With the re-emergence of Berlin as one of the leading world capitals, Germany’s pivotal role within the European Union, its status as the third largest economy in the world and the growing importance of German in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe, there has never been a better time to study German." (Leeds University's perspective)
"From the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 back to the teachings of Luther, the writing of Goethe and Thomas Mann, and the theories of Marx and Nietzsche, Germany and the German-speaking tradition have occupied a central place in Europe and the world. " (University College London's perspective)