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The narrative begins with the Napoleon's impact on a fragmented Germany, tracing the development of a national consciousness, and the tensions between reform and reaction, culminating in national unification. The book addresses the tumultuous events...
The narrative begins with the Napoleon's impact on a fragmented Germany, tracing the development of a national consciousness, and the tensions between reform and reaction, culminating in national unification. The book addresses the tumultuous events from Germany's past, including the rise and fall of the German Empire, the failure of the Weimar Republic, the twelve fateful years of the Third Reich, the division of post-war Germany, the collapse of Communism and developments since reunification.
For this new edition, distinguished historian Martin Kitchen delves deeper into issues relating to Germany's social structure to offer additional insights into the complexities of Germany's turbulent history. He also examines the course of the German Democratic Republic in greater depth, and reflects on the country's current internal challenges and its evolving role within the wider international community.
1. Germany Under Napoleon.
The Continental System.
Resistance to Napoleon.
The Prussian Reform Movement.
Prussian Military Reforms.
The Confederation of the Rhine.
Germany and the Defeat of Napoleon.
The Congress of Vienna.
2. German Society in Transition.
Women and Children.
Town and Country.
3. Restoration and Reform, 1815–1840.
Demagogues and Radicals.
Germany Under Metternich.
4. The Revolutions of 1848.
The Frankfurt Parliament.
5. The Struggle for Mastery, 1850–1866.
The "New Era".
Changes in the Social Structure.
Liberalism and Conservatism.
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.
Bismarck and the Liberals.
From Free Trade to Protectionism.
The Anti-Socialist Laws.
Bismarck's New Course.
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.
Caprivi and the "New Course".
Tirpitz, the Navy, and "World Politics".
Navalism and Imperialism.
Criticisms of the Naval Building Program.
The Bülow Bloc.
Scandals and Crises.
The Challenge from Social Democracy.
The Balkan Crisis of 1912.
10. The First World War.
Attitudes towards the War.
German Society in Wartime.
Mounting Opposition to the War.
The Peace Resolution.
The Impact of Bolshevik Revolution.
The Failure of the March Offensive.
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 Middle Class.
The Working Class.
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 Persecution of the Jews: The Second Phase.
13. Nazi Germany: 1933–1945.
German Society in The Third Reich.
National Socialism and Modernity.
First Steps in Foreign Policy.
The War in the West.
The Final Solution.
The Turn of the Tide.
The Shortage of Labor.
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.