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* Recent debates on the topic are made accessible to English-speaking readers, and the book summarizes the important controversies and competing interpretations of imperial German history. This important study poses many questions:
* Was the desire to unify Germany the cause of the aggressive foreign policy leading to the First World War?
* To what extent was Bismarck's Second Reich the forerunner of Hitler's Third?
* Did Bismark's authoritarian rule permanently hinder the political development of Germany?
Chronologically structured, Imperial Germany provides indispensable background reading on an important chapter in German history.
|1||German nationalism between failure and revival 1850-1862||1|
|2||The wars of unification 1862-1870||28|
|3||Imperial Germany - the liberal phase 1870-1879||60|
|4||Bismarck's system in decline 1879-1890||84|
|5||The Wilhelmine age||99|
|6||Towards Weltpolitik and social imperialism 1890-1909||119|
|7||Stagnation at home, 'encirclement' abroad 1909-1914||151|
|8||Germany during the war years 1914-1918||175|
|Suggestions for further reading||203|