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With a careful blend of concision and rich detail, Sam A. Mustafa's readable and lively text traces German history from Roman times to the present, placing particular emphasis on the past three centuries. Balanced and clearly written, the book guides readers expertly through the complex tangle of Germany's past. Mustafa provides a judicious mix of narrative history and historiography, tracing the influential individuals and broad social currents, myths and legends, and political and cultural elements that have shaped the country. In addition, the book is unique in bringing the story fully to the present with a chapter on the past twenty years that explores the nation's reunification and its struggles with history and memory.
Generously illustrated with photos, artwork, and maps, the book also includes text boxes to allow readers to pause and consider key concepts in greater detail. Each chapter offers a list of further suggested readings, with a mixture of classic and recent scholarship, to provide a range of coverage of important issues.
All those with an interest in Germany will find Germany in the Modern World an engaging and rewarding read. It is an ideal text for a college course or for anyone with a general interest in the history of Europe's largest nationality.
List of Illustrations xi
Chapter 1 Germania 1
Chapter 2 Das Reich 17
Chapter 3 Confessions 35
Chapter 4 What Is Enlightenment? 53
Chapter 5 Imagining a Nation 87
Chapter 6 An Empire of Monuments 111
Chapter 7 Modernity and Its Discontents 137
Chapter 8 Downfall 165
Chapter 9 Zero Hour 195
Chapter 10 Ode to Joy 225
About the Author 263