History of Germany, 1780-1918: The Long Nineteenth Century / Edition 2

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This history offers a powerful and original account of Germany from the eve of the French Revolution to the end of World War One.

  • Written by a leading German historian who has transformed the historiography of modern Germany over the past two decades.
  • Covers the whole of the long nineteenth century and emphasizes continuities through this period.
  • Brings together political, social and cultural history.
  • Combines a comprehensive account with a feel for the human dimension and the history of everyday life.
  • Accessible to non-specialists, thought-provoking and entertaining.
  • The updated second edition includes a revised bibliography.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
‘David Blackbourn is one of the brightest of a younger generation of Anglo-American scholars whose work has transformed the historiography of modern Germany over the past two decades.' Times Higher Education Supplement

‘Here is contemporary historical scholarship at its best. Witty, modest about historical generalizations, but ever willing to introduce revisionism, Blackbourn demonstrates how to write thought-provoking and persuasive prose.' German Studies Review

‘It is elegant, thought-provoking, informative and entertaining, summarizing a formidable body of literature and offering new interpretations of it. Everyone, from undergraduates to experts in the field, and beyond the walls of academia to the educated general reader . . . can read [this book] with profit and pleasure.' Central European History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631231950
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Blackwell Classic Histories of Europe Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Blackbourn is Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University. His previous publications include Class, Religion and Local Politics in Wilhelmine Germany (1980), The Peculiarities of German History (with Geoff Eley, 1984), Populists and Patricians (1987), and the prize-winning Marpingen: Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Bismarckian Germany (1993).

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Table of Contents

List of Maps.

List of Tables.

List of Figures.

List of Plates.

Preface to the First Edition.

Preface to the Second Edition.


Prologue: Germany in the Late Eighteenth Century.

Part I: The Age of Revolutions, 1789–1848:.

1 In the Shadow of France.

2 Germany in Transition.

3 The Revolutions of 1848–9.

Part II: The Age of Progress:.

4 Economy and Society Transformed.

5 From Reaction to Unification.

6 Progress and its Discontents.

Part III: The Age of Modernity, 1880–1914:.

7 ‘Made in Germany': A New Economic Order.

8 Society and Culture.

9 The Old Politics and the New.

Epilogue: Germany at War, 1914–18.


Selected Bibliography of English Language Works.


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