Bismarck and His Times / Edition 1

Bismarck and His Times / Edition 1

by George O. Kent
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809308592

ISBN-13: 9780809308590

Pub. Date: 09/01/1978

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

A new account of the life and policies of the first German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, this concise historical-biography reflects, for the first time in English, the historical shift in emphasis from the traditional political-economic approach to the more complex social-economic one of post—World War II scholarship.

Since the middle of the 1950s, much

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A new account of the life and policies of the first German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, this concise historical-biography reflects, for the first time in English, the historical shift in emphasis from the traditional political-economic approach to the more complex social-economic one of post—World War II scholarship.

Since the middle of the 1950s, much new material on Bismarck and nine­teenth-century Germany and new inter­pretations of existing material have been published in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. Pro­fessor George O. Kent’s brilliant syn­thesis, drawing on this mass of mate­rial, examines changes in emphasis in post—World War II scholarship. The book, particularly in the historiograph­ical notes and bibliographical essay, provides the serious student with an invaluable guide to the intricacies of recent Bismarckian scholarship. For the general reader, the main text presents a picture of the man, the issues, and the age in the light of modern scholarship.

The major shift in historical emphasis described in this new account is the importance scholars give to the period 1877–79, the years of change from free trade to protectionism, rather than to 1870–71 the founding of the Reich. Bismarck’s political machinations, par­ticularly his willingness to explore the possibilities of a coup d’état, are more fully discussed here than in any other book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809308590
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1978
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.70(d)

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