This chapter pursues three tasks. First, it reviews Germany’s impact on the
history of the twentieth century and discusses influential examples of
scholarly reflection upon Germany. Second, it explains the approach of the
book by outlining the generation of images of nations in IR theory. Images
are mental pictures of an entity that identify typical or even unique
characteristics through audio-visual or narrative representations.
Furthermore, the studied images of Germany are tainted by the interests and
political projects of others. Hence, it suggests that not historical events
themselves but their stylised representation in discourse affect academic
theorising. Finally, it provides an overview of the following chapters.