Course of German History / Edition 2

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Overview

One of A.J.P. Taylor's best-known books, The Course of German History is a notoriously idiosyncratic work. Composed in his famously witty style, yet succinct to the point of sharpness, this is one of the great historian's finest, if more controversial, accomplishments. As Taylor himself noted, 'the history of the Germans is a history of extremes. It contains everything except moderation.' He could, of course, simply be referring to his own book.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Mr Taylor, by cutting down to a minimum the ballast of dates and names that so often encumbers historical writing, and concentrating on the fundamental trends and events, has achieved both brevity and lucidity.' - The Observer
Observer
Mr Taylor, by cutting down to a minimum the ballast of dates and names that so often encumbers historical writing, and concentrating on the fundamental trends and events, has achieved both brevity and lucidity.
Times Literary Supplement
Too much brilliancy is hurtful in intercourse with ideas, as too much wit is in intercourse with men; a dazzling formulation is apt to interfere with the precise presentation of a subject or thesis. Still, in spite of such shortcomings, the book should prove of high value in the study of the German problem.
New Statesman
He is not only a brilliant but a profound historian.
Times Literary Supplement
Too much brilliancy is hurtful in intercourse with ideas, as too much wit is in intercourse with men; a dazzling formulation is apt to interfere with the precise presentation of a subject or thesis. Still, in spite of such shortcomings, the book should prove of high value in the study of the German problem.
New Statesman
He is not only a brilliant but a profound historian.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415255585
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

A.J.P. Taylor (1906-90). British political and diplomatic historian, and noted journalist. He was the author of numerous bestselling works, including Bismarck, English History 1914-1945, The Origins of the Second World War and The War Lords.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface
1 Divided Germany: the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire 1
2 The ascendancy of France, 1792-1814 26
3 The German Confederation: the years of Austro-Prussian partnership, 1815-48 43
4 1848: the year of German liberalism 67
5 The ascendancy of Austria, 1849-60 97
6 The conquest of Germany by Prussia, 1862-71 110
7 Bismarckian Germany: the ascendancy of Prussia, 1871-90 130
8 The Germany of William II: the conquest of Prussia by Germany, 1890-1906 159
9 The crisis of Hohenzollern Germany, 1906-16 180
10 The rule of the German Army, 1916-19 200
11 Republican interregnum, 1919-30 223
12 Demagogic dictatorship and the completion of German unity after 1930 243
Some Books on German history 269
Index 271
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