A History of Modern Germany: 1800 to the Present / Edition 2

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Featuring revised and extended coverage, the second edition of A History of Modern Germany offers an accessible and engagingly written account of German history from 1800 to the present.
• Provides readers with a long view of modern German history, revealing its continuities and changes
• Features updated and extended coverage of German social change and modernization, class, religion, and gender
• Includes more in depth coverage of the German Democratic Republic
• Examines Germany's social, political, and economic history
• Covers the unification of Germany, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, post-war division, the collapse of Communism, and developments since re-unification
• Addresses regional history rather than focusing on the dominant role of Prussia

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"Overall, Kitchen offers a well-written and useful text for anyone studying or interested in modern Germany history." (Times Higher Education Supplement, 23 February 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470655818
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,142,624
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Kitchen is Professor Emeritus of History at Simon Fraser University, Canada. His books include Nazi Germany at War (1994), The Cambridge Illustrated History of Germany (1996), The German Offensives of 1918 (2001), The Third Reich: Charisma and Community (2008) and Rommel's Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941-1943 (2009).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.



1. Germany Under Napoleon.

The Continental System.

Resistance to Napoleon.

The Prussian Reform Movement.

Prussian Military Reforms.

Educational Reform.

The Confederation of the Rhine.

Germany and the Defeat of Napoleon.

The Congress of Vienna.

2. German Society in Transition.

Women and Children.

The Household.

Town and Country.



Class Structure.


Social Change.

3. Restoration and Reform, 1815–1840.

Demagogues and Radicals.

Bourgeois Discontent.


The Zollverein.

Germany Under Metternich.



4. The Revolutions of 1848.


The Frankfurt Parliament.


5. The Struggle for Mastery, 1850–1866.

Austro-Prussian Rivalry.

The "New Era".

Changes in the Social Structure.

Liberalism and Conservatism.

Social Democracy.

Prussian Army Reforms.


The German Question.

The Schleswig-Holstein Question.

The Austro-Prussian War.

6. The Unification Of Germany, 1866–1871.

Liberalism, Nationalism, and Particularism.

The Franco-Prussian War.

The German Empire.


The Military and Militarism.


The German Jewish Community.

7. Bismarck's Germany.

The Kulturkampf.

Bismarck and the Liberals.

Social Democracy.

From Free Trade to Protectionism.

The Anti-Socialist Laws.

Bismarck's New Course.

Social Policy.

The Social Structure of Imperial Germany.

Food and Drink.



Attitudes Towards Sexuality.

8. Germany and Europe: 1871–1890.

The Congress of Berlin.

The Dual and Triple Alliances.


The Collapse of Bismarck’s System of Alliances.

9. Wilhelmine Germany: 1890–1914.

William II's System of Government.

The Reichstag.

Caprivi and the "New Course".


Tirpitz, the Navy, and "World Politics".

Navalism and Imperialism.

Criticisms of the Naval Building Program.


Anglo-German Rivalry.

The Bülow Bloc.

Scandals and Crises.

Bethmann Hollweg.

The Challenge from Social Democracy.


The Balkan Crisis of 1912.

10. The First World War.

Attitudes towards the War.

War Aims.

German Society in Wartime.


Mounting Opposition to the War.

The Peace Resolution.

The Impact of Bolshevik Revolution.

The Failure of the March Offensive.

Armistice Negotiations.

11. The Weimar Republic, 1919–1933.

The Treaty of Versailles.

The Weimar Constitution.

The Kapp Putsch.



Hyperinflation and the "Struggle for the Ruhr".

Hindenburg Elected President.


The Depression.

The Middle Class.

The Working Class.

Rural Society.

The Demise of Parliamentary Democracy.




Hitler Appointed Chancellor.

12. The Nazi Dictatorship.

The Reichstag Fire.


The Persecution of the Jews: The First Phase.

The SA and the Röhm Putsch.

Hitler Becomes Head of State.

The National Socialist Dictatorship.

The SS.

The Persecution of the Jews: The Second Phase.

13. Nazi Germany: 1933–1945.

German Society in The Third Reich.



Small Business.


National Socialism and Modernity.

First Steps in Foreign Policy.

The Anschluss.




The War in the West.


The Final Solution.

The Turn of the Tide.

The Shortage of Labor.

The End.

14. The Adenauer Era: 1945–1963.

The Occupation Zones.

From Bizonia to Trizonia.

The Formation of the Federal Republic of Germany.


From the "Economic Miracle" to "Eurosclerosis".

The Heyday of Adenauer’s Germany.

The Berlin Wall.

The End of the Adenauer Era.

15. The German Democratic Republic.

"The First Workers' and Peasants' State on German Soil".

June 17, 1953.

The GDR after Stalin.

The Berlin Wall.

The New Economic System.

The GDR and Willy Brandt's Ostpolitik.

The Honecker Era.

Social Structure of the GDR.


Relations between the Two Germanys.

The Collapse of the GDR.

16. The Federal Republic: 1963–1982.

The Great Coalition: 1966–1969.

Confrontations with the Past.

The Extra-Parliamentary Opposition (Apo).

The Chancellorship of Willy Brandt.


Willy Brandt’s Second Term: 1972–1974.

Helmut Schmidt's First Term: 1974–1976.

Helmut Schmidt’s Second Term: 1976–1980.

Terrorism and the Changing Nature of Dissent.

The Debate on Atomic Weapons.

Helmut Schmidt's Third Term: 1980–1982.

The Transformation of West German Society.

17. The Reunification of Germany.

Debates over Germany's Past.

The United States, The Soviet Union, and the German Question.

The New Germany.


The Iraq War.

Gerhard Schröder's Second Term.

Angela Merkel's Two Coalition Governments.

Problems and Perspectives.



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