A History of Modern Germany since 1815 / Edition 1

A History of Modern Germany since 1815 / Edition 1

by Frank B. Tipton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520240499

ISBN-13: 9780520240490

Pub. Date: 08/04/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

Germany has fascinated its own people as well as onlookers in the twentieth century because, unlike the history of other European states, its very being has been posed as a question. Why was there no unified German state until late in the nineteenth century? How did Germany become an industrial power? What responsibility does Germany bear for the two world wars? This…  See more details below

Overview

Germany has fascinated its own people as well as onlookers in the twentieth century because, unlike the history of other European states, its very being has been posed as a question. Why was there no unified German state until late in the nineteenth century? How did Germany become an industrial power? What responsibility does Germany bear for the two world wars? This accessible but authoritative study attempts to answer these and other fundamental questions by looking at the economic, social, political and cultural forces that have created modern Germany.

The 1848 revolutions ushered in an age of Realism that saw rapid economic development and the creation of the Bismarckian empire. However, by the early twentieth century Germany's economic expansion and position as a world power began to fracture and growing internal, economic, social, and political contradictions led it, with disastrous results, into the First World War and the subsequent Weimar Republic. Hitler and the Nazi movement proposed a "revolution" and the creation of a "German style" and the Second World War/Holocaust is, arguably, the defining event of the twentieth century. The Americanization of the German economy and society, the "economic miracle" and euphoria of reunification have in recent years rapidly given way to disillusionment as the major political parties have failed to master outstanding social and environmental problems. The "German question"--Germany's place within the European Union--continues to be unanswered even within an EU where it is the dominant economic power.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240490
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/04/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
751
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface
1Introduction: From Generation to Generation1
2The Romantic Age, 1815-4025
3A Revolutionary Generation: The 1840s and the Revolutions of 184859
4The Age of Realism, 1850-7190
5An Anxious Generation, 1871-90129
6Neoclassical Facade and Modernist Revolt, 1890-1914180
7Politics, Governance, and Diplomacy between Neoclassicism and Modernism223
8The First World War270
9An Expressionist Age: The Weimar Republic, 1918-33323
10The Politics of Feeling and the Search for Stability370
11A "German Style": The Nazi Generation420
12Nazi Politics: The Road to War and the Holocaust457
13Abstract Expressionism and Socialist Realism: Divided Germany in an Age of Economic Miracles496
14A Postmodern Generation: West and East Germany after the Miracle, 1973-89558
15Neo-Realism: Reunification and Reunited Germany614
Bibliography668
Index714

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