The Paradox of German Power

The Paradox of German Power revised cover

“A major contribution to our understanding of the evolution of contemporary Europe.”
Anthony Giddens

“A brilliant book with an exceptionally astute analysis. Hans Kundnani holds up a mirror to Germany that is as sympathetic as it is critical and asks questions that Germans should also be asking themselves.”
Heinrich August Winkler

“A thoughtfully conceived, well-informed, and carefully researched history of the ‘German question’ and its relevance for Europe’s future.”
Geoff Eley, Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History, University of Michigan

“Should be read by all opinion formers and politicians concerned with the future of Europe.”
Brendan Simms, Professor in the History of International Relations, University of Cambridge

“An historically informed, carefully considered, concise treatment of the evolution and contemporary nature of German foreign policy.”
Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

“Hans Kundnani has written a thoughtful and provocative book, which challenges Germany’s present foreign policies head on and argues that Germany once more may have become a source of instability at the heart of Europe. He does so with a deep understanding of German history and the sharp eye of a sympathetic outsider. His book deserves to be read and thought through by anyone who cares about the future of Germany and Europe.”
Hanns W. Maull, Professor and Chair of Foreign Policy and International Relations, University of Trier

“Probably the best synthesis of the German question I’ve ever read.”
Lucio Caracciolo, editor of Limes

The Paradox of German Power was published in the UK in December 2014 and the US in January 2015. You can order it at and

It has been reviewed in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, International Affairs and Internationale Politik. Spiegel Online also published an interview with me about the book.

It has also been translated into German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.


One thought on “The Paradox of German Power

  1. Dear Mr Kundnani,

    I just finished your book. I’ve found it very interesting, explanatory and innovative. It breaks new ground on the subject of Germany. Congratulations.
    It was particularly satisfying to me, myself an author of a recent book on Germany, to see how you give a wider context to observations on the ground that I researched and acknowledged during my not-so-long life in Germany. Very nutritious food for thought. More nutritious even because I don’t always agree.
    Finally, it is a pleasure to cross paths with a fellow journalist and Columbia Alumni and see they are up to something avant-garde.

    Mit freunlichen Grüssen

    Begoña Quesada

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