German History Since 1800 / Edition 1

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In 1800 there was no "Germany" as we think of a unitary nation state today. Still nominally held together under the framework of the Holy Roman Empire, its political shape and boundaries were in a state of flux. In the following two centuries, Germany went through massive transformations. This collection brings together an international team of distinguished scholars to produce an innovative and accessible guide to the controversial course of modern German history. Exploring the main issues in social, economic, cultural, and political history, the book reflects the diversity and liveliness of the field. Using a wealth of tables, maps and illustrations, it provides points of entry to key issues for students and scholars alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340692004
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 1,186,999
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Fulbrook is a Professor at University College.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of maps
List of illustrations
List of tables
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I 1800-1870
2 The German lands before 1815 15
3 Germany 1815-1848: Restoration or pre-March? 38
4 'Relative backwardness' and long-run development: economic, demographic and social changes 61
5 Cultural and intellectual trends 88
6 The revolutions of 1848-49 and the persistence of the old regime in Germany (1848-1850) 106
7 Revolution to unification 124
Pt. II 1871-1918
8 Bismarckian Germany and the structure of the German Empire 147
9 Demographic growth, industrialization and social change 168
10 Imperial Germany: cultural and intellectual trends 181
11 Wilhelmine Germany 199
Some basic statistics for Germany, 1815-1918 227
Pt. III 1918-1945
12 Germany from war to dictatorship 235
13 The German inter-war economy: political choice versus economic determinism 258
14 Culture and society in Weimar Germany: the impact of modernism and mass culture 279
15 The rise of the Nazis: Sonderweg or spanner in the works? 298
16 Hitler and the Nazi dictatorship 318
17 The Holocaust 339
Pt. IV Germany since 1945
18 Division and stability: the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949-1989 365
19 The failed experiment: East German communism 391
20 Ossis and Wessis: the creation of two German societies 411
21 Culture, history and national identity in the two Germanies since 1945 432
22 The end of the GDR: revolution and voluntary annexation 454
Pt. V Continuities and discontinuities in modern German history
23 The German tradition of historiography, 1800-1995 477
24 The difficult rise of a civil society: societal history of modern Germany 493
25 Gender in German history 512
26 German war, German peace 539
27 The national idea in modern German history 556
Chronology: Germany, 1800-1990 585
Notes on the contributors 596
Index 601
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