Bismarck and Germany, 1862-1890 / Edition 1

Bismarck and Germany, 1862-1890 / Edition 1

by D. G. Williamson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582354137

ISBN-13: 9780582354135

Pub. Date: 01/28/1986

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Seminar Studies in History...provide a means of bridging the gap between specialist articles and monographs and textbooks. They are written by acknowledged experts on the subject who are not only familiar with current thinking but have often contributed to it. Their format, well-tried and effective, combines information, analysis and assessment effectively. The

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Seminar Studies in History...provide a means of bridging the gap between specialist articles and monographs and textbooks. They are written by acknowledged experts on the subject who are not only familiar with current thinking but have often contributed to it. Their format, well-tried and effective, combines information, analysis and assessment effectively. The selections of documents, included from the outset of the series when document work was hardly in vogue in schools, not merely illustrates points made in the text but provides an effective medium for discussion on the issues raised. The further reading guide has stimulated countless students to take their interests further. The structure of the series may not have changed through time but the format has, with attractive four-colour covers and larger pages....Seminar Studies are still, despite all the opposition, a market leader.
Teaching History
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The aim of this enormously popular Seminar Study is to provide students with a concise, up-to-date and analytical account of Bismarck s role in German history. Unlike other short studies available the book offers readers a balanced coverage of the period 1862 to 1890, with equal weight given to events before and after 1871. First published in 1986, Longman is delighted to reissue the book as a Second Edition. The author has taken the opportunity of updating the original text in the light of the new research and, in particular, has added new material on the relationship between economics and Bismarck s diplomacy; the social and constitutional history of Germany after 1871; and the historical debate surrounding Bismarck in the 1990s. The bibliography has been brought up-to-date and two new maps have also been added.

The book opens with an introductory section which sets Bismarck s policies to secure Prussian hegemony into the context of German economic and political developments, particularly the German Customs Union (the Zollverein) and the rise of Liberalism in Prussia. Readers are then guided through the complex events leading to the defeats of Austria and France in 1866 and 1870 and the subsequent creation of a united Germany in January 1871. The book then explores the domestic and foreign problems Bismarck faced up to 1890 in consolidating unification. Thus, Bismarck s relations with the Catholics and Socialists, the consequences of the Great Depression and the question of whether there really was a second foundation of the Reich in 1878-9 are all looked at. Chapters on Bismarck s foreign and colonial policies trace his attempts to reconcile Austrian and Russian interests in the Balkans and the reasons for the creation of the German colonial empire in Africa and the Far East.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582354135
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
01/28/1986
Series:
Seminar Studies in History Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
144

Table of Contents

An Introduction to the series
Note on referencing system
Acknowledgements
List of maps
Pt. 1The Setting1
1The Background1
2Bismarck5
Pt. 2The Defeat of Austria8
3The Constitutional Conflict and the Liberal Opposition8
4The Road to Koniggratz14
Pt. 3The North German Confederation26
5The Creation of the North German Confederation, 1866-6726
6Bismarck, Napoleon and the Southern States32
7The Franco-Prussian War and the Unification of Germany, 1870-7137
Pt. 4The Economic and Constitutional Context, 1871-9044
8The Second Reich: A Hybrid State44
9The Financial Crash of 1873 and the Great Depression48
Pt. 5Domestic Politics53
10The Kulturkampf and the Decline of the National Liberals53
11The Conservative Empire60
Pt. 6German Foreign and Colonial Policy70
12Germany and Europe, 1871-9070
13The Creation of the German Colonial Empire81
Pt. 7Assessment86
14Bismarck in Myth and Reality86
Pt. 8Documents92
Maps122
Glossary126
Bibliography128
Index138

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