History of Modern Germany, 1800-2000 / Edition 1

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This engaging textbook provides a broad survey of modern German history from 1800-2000, and situates Germany’s fragmented past within its full context. Kitchen:

  • Provides readers a long view of German history, allowing them to see continuities and changes
  • Covers the unification of Germany, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the Federal Republic, the collapse of Communism, and the re-unification
  • Examines cultural history as well as political and economic history
  • Includes coverage of regional history rather than focusing on the dominant role of Prussia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405100410
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Kitchen is Professor of History at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Among his many books are Nazi Germany at War (1994), The Cambridge Illustrated History of Germany (1996) and The German Offensives of 1918 (2001).

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Table of Contents

List of Plates.




1. Germany Under Napoleon.

The Age of Reform.

The War of Liberation.

2. Germany in Transition.

Town and Country.

The Industrial Revolution.

The Emergence of a Class Society.

The Jewish Community.

3. Restoration and Reform.

Student Radicalism.

Germany Under Metternich.


Constitutional Developments.

The Zollverein.

The Congress System.

The Revolutionary Movements.

4. The Revolutions of 1848.

The Frankfurt Parliament.

The Constitutional Question.

5. The Struggle for Mastery.

The Crimean War.

The Italian Question.

The “New Era” in Prussia.

The Origins of Social Democracy.

The Constitutional crisis in Prussia.

The Schleswig Holstein Question.

6. The Unification of Germany.

The Franco-Prussian War.

The Unification of Germany.

The Role of the Military.

Jews in the New Germany.

7. Bismarck’s Germany.

The Kulturkampf.

Social Democracy and the New.

From Free Trade to Protectionism.

The Anti-Socialist Laws.

Liberals in Bismarck's Germany.

Class Structure.

Women's Place in the New.

Sex and Society.

8. Germany and Europe 1871—1890.

From the Congress of Berlin to.

Bismarck and Imperialism.

Bismarck's System of Alliances.

9 Wilhelmine Germany: 1890—1914.

Caprivi and the “New Course”.


“World Politics” and Navalism.


Bethmann Hollweg.

10. The First World War.

War Aims and Opposition.

From Bethmann Hollweg to.

From Michaelis to Hertling.

The Impact of the Bolshevik.

The Revolution from Above.

The Revolution of 1918.

11. The Weimar Republic.

The Kapp Putsch.

Reparations and Inflation.

The Occupation of the Ruhr.

Stresemann and Fulfilment.

Weimar Culture.


The Depression.


Von Papen.


12. The Nazi Dictatorship.


Ernst Roehm and the SA.

Hitler in Full Command.

The Dual State.

The SS.


13. Nazi Germany 1933—1945.

Women in Nazi Germany.

First Steps in Foreign Policy.

The Anschluss.

Czechoslovakia and Appeasement.

The Polish Crisis.


The War in the West.


The Beginnings of the Shoah.

The Turn of the Tide.

The Third Reich and Modernisation.

14. The Adenauer Era: 1945—1963.

Germany Divided.

The German Democratic Republic.

The German Question.

East Germany in the Khruschchev.

Willy Brandt.

The “Spiegel” Affair.

The End of the Adenauer Era.

Culture in the Federal Republic.

15. Two Germanies: 1963—1982.

The Federal Republic After.

Willy Brandt as Chancellor.

East Germany Under Honecker.

Helmuth Schmidt.

The Candidature of Helmut Kohl.

The Extra Parliamentary Opposition.

Helmuth Schmidt’s Chancellorship:.

16. The Reunification of Germany.

The Winds of Change.


Germany United.



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