A Concise History of Germany / Edition 2

A Concise History of Germany / Edition 2

by Mary Fulbrook
     
 

This book provides a clear and informative guide to the twists and turns of German history from the early middle ages to the present day. The multi-faceted, problematic history of the German lands has provoked a wide range of debates and differences of interpretation. Mary Fulbrook provides a crisp synthesis of a vast array of historical material, and explores the… See more details below

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This book provides a clear and informative guide to the twists and turns of German history from the early middle ages to the present day. The multi-faceted, problematic history of the German lands has provoked a wide range of debates and differences of interpretation. Mary Fulbrook provides a crisp synthesis of a vast array of historical material, and explores the interrelationships between social, political and cultural factors in the light of scholarly controversies. First published in 1990, A Concise History of Germany appeared in an updated edition in 1992, and in a second edition in 2004. It is the only single-volume history of Germany in English which offers a broad, general coverage. It has become standard reading for all students of German, European studies and history, and is a useful guide to general readers, members of the business community and travellers to Germany.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521540711
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2004
Series:
Cambridge Concise Histories Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
161,243
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
1Introduction: The German Lands and People1
2Mediaeval Germany9
The beginnings of German history9
Germany in the early and high middle ages13
Germany in the later middle ages22
3The Age of Confessionalism, 1500-164833
The German Reformation: the early years34
The German Peasants' War40
The development of the German Reformation43
Germany in the age of Counter-Reformation50
The Thirty Years War53
The Peace of Westphalia and the effects of the War60
4The Age of Absolutism, 1648-181569
Absolutism and the rise of Prussia72
Religion, culture and Enlightenment84
The impact of the French Revolution94
5The Age of Industrialisation, 1815-1918104
Restoration Germany, 1815-48104
The revolutions of 1848116
The unification of Germany122
Germany under Bismarck131
Society and politics in Wilhelmine Germany137
Culture in Imperial Germany144
Foreign policy and the First World War148
6Democracy and Dictatorship, 1918-45155
The Weimar Republic: origins and early years156
The period of apparent stabilisation167
The collapse of Weimar democracy172
The consolidation of Hitler's power179
Foreign policy and war187
Holocaust, resistance and defeat197
7The Two Germanies, 1945-90205
The creation of the two Germanies205
From establishment to consolidation212
Politics in the two Germanies, 1949-89220
Economy and society in West Germany230
Economy and society in the GDR, 1949-89235
The revolution of 1989 and the unification of Germany243
8The Federal Republic of Germany Since 1990250
9Patterns and Problems of German History258
Suggestions for further reading262
Index272

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